Would you be interested in joining my virtual training team?

Hey ladies and gents!

I just posted a new vlog after a year-long hiatus. (Warning: it’s pretty much the same thing I’m blogging here.)

So after reading about a friend who just joined Team in Training for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge next January, I clicked through to another blog from a charity runner who was conducting a similar virtual race of her own. My idea is not quite original but I figured that it was worth a try.

Here it goes: I’m thinking of hosting another marathon training team. This time, though, it’s virtual. If you’ve wanted a reason to finish a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or full marathon, then here it is. I’m hosting my very own virtual training team and race so that you no longer have the excuse of time to fall back on. Your “registration fee” is actually a 100% donation to Dress for Success for my fundraising campaign. In exchange for this generous donation, I will help you cross off this distance off of your bucket list!

The race date is tentatively set for January 20, 2013. That cuts it a bit close for the full 26.2 distance, so I will think of alternative dates that it can be held on. You can run where ever you want — you pick the course and location. I’ll provide a training plan for your selected distance and provide a weekly chat where we can all log on and talk about how training is going, address any concerns you have, etc. In the week leading up to this virtual race you’ll get a goody bag and your bib. Once you finish the course and provide proof of finishing (i.e. photos of your time, etc) I will send to you your finisher’s medal and certificate.

If you think you may be interested, you can let me know in the comments or tweet/Facebook/email me! If cost is a factor, I think it’d be more than fine if you fundraised that amount as well. (All fundraising will be funneled through the Dress for Success race fundraising page on Crowdrise.)

Here are the details —

Race date: January 20, 2013 (tentative — 26.2 may be delayed for about 4-6 weeks)

Costs:
$20 donation – 5K (3.1 miles)
$35 donation – 10K (6.2 miles)
$50 donation – Half marathon (13.1 miles)
$100 donation – Full marathon (26.2 miles)

Register via Donation on Crowdrise

 

What you get:
1) A training plan (for distance, NOT speed)
2) Weekly virtual video chats with the group
3) A race goody bag
4) A race bib
5) A medal
6) A finisher’s certificate

Perks:
1) One lucky random donor will receive free registration to ANY race of their choice! (Up to $135 value)
2) Receive an awesome gift for fundraising 3x your donation amount
3) Get a network of support for your goal
4) Feel satisfied knowing that 100% of your donation goes to Dress for Success

Important Notice:
In order for you to receive your medal and finisher’s certificate, you must provide proof that you finished the distance. You can send a photo of your measured/timed run (i.e. photo of the treadmill screen, picture of your Garmin time, screenshot of your phone, etc). Additionally, by entering in to this training program you acknowledge that you have the medical clearance to do so and that I am not advising you directly on how to train, eat, etc. I provide mentorship, encouragement, and guidance only since I am not a certified personal trainer, doctor, health professional, etc.

Weekend Surge, and an Olympic-to-Half Ironman 11 Month Bridge

It was quite the busy weekend! I’ve concluded that I’m quite impulsive when it comes to big decisions. Well, maybe impulsive isn’t the word that describes it, but I get these lingering goals that make me feel incomplete and I will suddenly, out of the blue, decide to finally do something about it. That happened twice this week to me, about the same two things that keep plaguing me — grad school and the HITS Triathlon I’m registered for in November.

I secretly submitted my application to Golden Gate University for readmission into my masters program and got in. And then I secretly registered for one class. (That’s my limit, even though I’m really tempted to register for two.) I don’t even know who I’m secretly keeping this from because now that I’m blogging about it, the world now knows. So I think class starts sometime this month, but I already bought my book. It was finally available as a digital textbook, thank goodness! Anywho, I’ve already read it from cover to cover (it was an easy read) but it got me thinking — do I really need to hash this stuff out for 16 weeks? What would happen if I just looked up every class I had left (about six of them) and just buy the book and read it on my own? It would probably take me a few months to go through all of that text but would I learn/retain the same amount of information? I guess there’s some value in the discussion and lectures, right? As much as I was tempted to subsequently disenroll from this inner conflict, I decided to hold out a bit to see how I felt about it a few weeks from now.

Anyhow, this is a training blog, not a school blog, so onward to my second dilemma — the HITS Triathlon. So I’m registered for the half (70.3) but I don’t have enough time to get myself back on track for that. If I’m strict I’ll be barely ready for the Olympic distance. If all else fails, I could just do the Sprint distance but really — a $300 flight, plus hotel, plus rental car, plus bike shipping…for a sprint triathlon? MEH. I’m going to put my eggs in the Olympic distance basket and just try to stay as diligent as possible. It’s 14 weeks until the event, so I spent most of last night planning and plotting an extended 12-week training plan.

Oh, and I can’t forget the marathon either. It’s about three or four weeks after the triathlon. This season is going to be a complete butt kicker! So, on top of an Olympic triathlon training plan, I also have a loose marathon training plan sprinkled in there for good measure. I guess if it comes down to it I can downgrade to the ultra-half marathon at Birch Bay.

So, my weekend training totaled 29 miles: 3ish miles running, 5ish miles hiking, 20ish miles biking, and a half mile swim. I felt great on Saturday on my run, ride, and hike. It was a bit warmer than usual but it felt nice. However, today (Sunday) was quite brutal. I went out for my workout in the morning but it was incredibly hot and demotivating, so I focused on more important things like buying furniture and unpacking my final boxes. I saved my workout for the evening, when it cooled down a bit.

It was my first time back in the pool since April 6th. That was 4 months ago!!! I can still remember that last swim workout…it was amazing. I actually made it a full mile and felt great afterwards. This time, I was huffing and puffing every 25 yards. I was surprised by how much my chest felt constricted, by how little air I was getting in, and how I tired I was even after such a short distance. My endurance has definitely taken a nosedive and I’ll have to work very hard to get it back to where it was (and go beyond it). I also felt a bit shaky in the water, just like when I was first starting out. I kept thinking about open water swimming and how I wouldn’t see the lane markers. I imagined swimming in darkness and immediately my chest tightened, my breathing labored, and I began losing form. A few times I felt like I was panicking a bit but I kept trying to at least make it to the end of the pool. It’s strange how those old mindsets can creep back in, even after having a few open water swims and a few triathlons under my belt. If anything, this is more reason to get back into a regular swimming routine. Actually, who am I kidding? I’ve never had a regular swim routine…but it is my chance to implement and stick to one.

So my upcoming season’s training plan looks like this:

August: 500-750 yards swimming 3x week, 15 miles bike 3x week, up to 11 miles on the long run

September: 750-1000 yards swimming 3x week, 20 miles bike 3x week, up to 15 miles on the long run

October: 1250-1500 yards swimming 3x week, 25 miles bike 3x week, up to 14 miles on the long run

November: 1500 yards swimming 3x week, 25 miles bike 3x week, up to 20 miles on the long run

Race the Olympic distance triathlon on the 11th of November and race the full marathon on the 8th of December.

My plan for December-July is to have a gradual training load up from the Olympic distance to the Half Ironman distance, and to register for the 70.3 Lake Stevens (in Washington State) for a July race.

Let’s see if I survive! (This is the fun part.)

Race Recap: The 2012 LA Marathon

I survived…but man oh man I am definitely feeling the pain of undertraining.

The course was great. It was the best foot tour of LA I’ve ever taken. What got me most excited about this race was that I’ve been to every part of the city, but I’ve yet to actually go through it in one trip. Well, yesterday I did!

Race weekend started with a 2-hour massage and grabbing a ton of last minute supplies. I decided to put together an LA Marathon survival kit for my teammates. It included some baggies, Biofreeze, cough drops, Emergen-C, a rain poncho, gel blasts, anti-cramping gel, and blister bandages. After the races I’ve ran, I figured that it was time to aggregate all of my hard-earned lessons into one small resealable bag. The forecast predicted rain and I wanted my runners and walkers to stay happy and healthy!

We carbo-loaded at the charity director of operations house. Lots of pasta and food was there for the taking and everyone looked really nervous and excited. We all got our goody bags, which included our fundraising incentives. I’ve never been more excited to earn an iPod shuffle! I also got a running water bottle, a team t-shirt, and a few other goodies. So excited to put all of it to good use. It was great to finally see the entire team under one roof. Most of the time, when I hosted group runs, only a few would turn out…and the few would always shuffle around, so I never did get a chance to see everyone at the same time. It was nice to see their personal transformations and to share this experience with them. It was only last summer when they handed me their registrations rather reluctantly. Now they were all ready to tackle the big 26.2!! I’ve never been more proud to say that the team raised almost $6,000 as of today.

As for the race…I can remember a few important parts — like the hill between mile 4-5 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (which also took a grand stance during the LA Triathlon last year), running through Thai Town (memories of all my childhood grocery shopping), Hollywood + Vine (right outside the Dress for Success offices), West Hollywood (loved the cheerleaders!), and then the never ending road of San Vicente. And the ripples in the Pacific Ocean. Oh, the ripples! The course support was fantastic. Every aid station was well stocked. All of the volunteers were incredibly helpful. Every inch of the LA Marathon was covered with supporters cheering their hearts out. It was definitely one of the best races I have ever ran….nothing like the Rock n Roll Las Vegas. I would definitely consider running this again next year!

What I can remember feeling is the heaviness in my legs setting in around mile 20 or so. I definitely hit the proverbial wall by mile 22. Mile 22, 23, 24, 25 seemed to drag on forever and ever and ever. It was never ending until I hit 26, got a glimpse of the beach and the Santa Monica Pier, and made it across the finish line!

It was a great experience running with a charity. Not only do I finally get to cross something off my bucket list but now I’d like to put together a plan so that next year we are even more successful. Hey, maybe this time I can stick to my own training plan!

Fitness Friday: RunKeeper + GainFitness 1-2 Punch!

I’ve decided in the short amount of time that I’ve been working out that there are two iPhone apps that I could not live without.

One I’ve been using for almost a year now…the other, I’ve been using for just a few days. What’s great is that I think they really complement each other.

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I use RunKeeper to track all of my activities — swimming, biking, running, walking, hiking, etc. Its GPS tracker helps give me accurate measurements of distance and pace and gives me a really nice interface to view it all in. I’ve been an Elite member since February, which means I get detailed statistics and reports on my workouts. I’ve also enrolled in a few of their running classes, which are really helpful to get you across the finish line for your first 5K, 10K, half marathon, or full marathon.

But, as you probably already know, cardio is just one fraction of the entire picture.

I’ve recently started using GAIN Fitness to help me with resistance training. All you do is put in your height, weight, where you’re working out, what equipment you have, and they’ll come up with a workout for you! They take the guesswork out of everything by illustrating proper form via video or photo.

What’s also neat is that you don’t need to have an iPhone to use their services — the basics of what both services offer are also available as a web-only component to your health and wellness regimen.

What other apps do you find motivating and inspiring?

Fitness Friday: Someone Busier Than You Is Running Right Now

Getting started with a running program can be challenging, especially for people who is strapped for time.

However, something you have to realize is that everyone has a busy life, a demanding family, and lots of time commitments. However, what separates runners from non-runners is that a runner makes the time for them.

Health and fitness is important to your well being. No one should have to remind you that you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of someone else’s problems, whether it’s at work or at home. Take control of your life and tell yourself that you’re worth 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour today.

Give yourself a fighting chance to be the person you want to be — healthy, happy, and full of life.

What I find most promising is my charity training team — Team Dress for Success. We’re all working towards finishing the LA Marathon in 2012 all the while fundraising $1,000 along the way. It’s no small feat but the rewards are indescribable. I was gone for a few weeks and everyone trained on their own. I shot off an email last night and already, people who signed up for the team never having ran a mile in their lives are now up to 8 or 9 miles in their training.

I’m so proud of them. They made a commitment and are seeing it all of the way through. These people have time commitments that could undermine their training and fitness regimen. However, they decide to prioritize their needs so that they can better serve others. So inspirational!

What are you so busy doing that you haven’t made time for yourself yet? Let me know below. I’ll probably be able to help you rationalize yourself out of your excuse!

 

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Who Dares to Brave the Stiletto Dash?

At this weekend’s Zappos Rock n Roll Marathon weekend, they hosted a few other events…including their very own Stiletto Dash!

 

The Stiletto Dash was a 50-yard race in (a minimum of) 3 inch heels on a fancy red carpet. Dashers sprinted through The Palazzo‘s Casino and raised money for charity while racing for a purse prize of $5,000! Amazing idea. (I hope no one got hurt.)

I passed by the event while on my way to the Rock n Roll Marathon expo on Saturday to pick up my swag bag, bib, and check out some cool vendors. Check out my video of the dash below!

Would you ever participate in a stiletto dash?

Race Recap: The Athens Classic Marathon

Lets do this Memento style: start with the ending and then go from the beginning.

The giant marble stadium was overwhelming. As I neared it on the last of my energy reserves, I tried to pick up the pace but it was just unbearable. But, as my right foot landed on the soft track, I was somehow lifted by a spirit outside of me and began running towards the finish line. As I crossed the timing mat and archway I couldn’t help but think about the incredible journey I had just been on, both mentally and physically.

The morning of the marathon started as most other race mornings. I slept fitfully, waking up ten times in five hours. Most of my dreams were about the marathon, making mistakes, forgetting things, etc. I woke up sometime after 2:30am and couldn’t go back to bed so I began preparing for the race. I pulled on my running skirt, tech tank, arm warmers, socks. After that I began piling on the layers: long sleeved shirts, sweaters, scarves, anything that would shield me from the cold. I pulled my hair into a mid-ponytail, alternating between headbands before settling on the skinny one. (The other one I had was already immortalized in another race photo.)

I turned on my phone and called my boyfriend. We had said that we’d video chat before I left for the race since I wouldn’t be broadcasting my run live. A few quick exchanges were made and then I was off.

At five in the morning, the city of Athens is unseemingly quiet. The entire city was asleep. I neared the ticketing machines since I had misplaced my 7 day metro pass. As I fumbled with my 50 euro bill in between different machines that lacked change, I began to get worried that I might miss my shuttle to the city of Marathon. As I began punching buttons out of frustration, a kind British gentleman offered to pay the 2 euros or so for me since he was on his way to the marathon too.

We boarded the shuttle together among the hundreds of other runners. We talked about running, triathlons, work, traveling, global crises, the age skew in the shuttle. Eventually the conversation dwindled down to silence as we kept going on this windy road to Marathon. I muttered something about how far we had driven and he referenced something about not training enough for hills. The windshield wipers were clearing a thin layer of water from the morning’s drizzle and the driver kept pressing on.

We reached the stadium of Marathon and headed towards shelter. On our way there, I noted the rather large number of portapotties. As we tried to make headway, the wind was resisting us. Volunteers were passing out large plastic bags to help keep us warm. By the time we reached the waiting room, we made our way to the corner to take advantage of the body heat and to eat some breakfast.

I can never handle solid food before a race so I broke open some Clif gel blocks. We chatted a bit more when I asked him for some first timer tips. All he gave me was, “Don’t start off too fast.” Point taken. He asked me about some of the apps I had worked on at work so I pulled them up on my phone. Soon enough the girl next to us began joining in on the conversation. She was training for an ultramarathon and was currently working at the US embassy in England. The three of us eventually made our way to drop off our gear bags. In between trying to stay warm, we moved between different locations, eventually finding a nice hideaway with about a hundred other runners behind the torch.

We made it to our starting block. I marveled at the sheer numbers of the race. Next to me were two runners from California as well: San Francisco and San Diego. I thought back to the two other runners I had met at the Acropolis a few days before, Alexander from Ukraine and Andrew from the Philippines. They called the waves one by one, and before I knew it we were off.

The first few kilometers I had to get used to the fact that they were indeed going by kilometers. The marathon course is 26.2 miles, but when converted into metric measurements, it comes out to something more like 42.195 kilometers. Mile markers come less frequently than kilometer markers naturally, so it was important to do math on the go. As we circled the tomb of Marathon at around 5k, I was feeling good since the hard part was over…or so I thought.

As we entered small cities and villages, crowds were cheering us on. People of all ages were clapping, handing out olive branches, and taking photos. I saw a few warriors running in costume, some old, some young, some barefoot. Some power walkers were older than runners. Some looked like they were in agonizing pain and some looked lost in the moment.

There’s this thing I do when I run. I think of my swimming and my biking. When I swim, to help me count my laps, I think of the lap number and try to remember what happened to me when I was that old. I begin thinking of the people that entered my life and what I was doing. By the time I pass 27 I begin projecting into the future. So, naturally, I started down that rabbit hole. I began thinking of everything and everyone I had met and experience that led me up to this moment. I thought of all the good things that had happened to me. I thought of all the friends I had made over the years. I thought of all the times I was sad. I thought about the continuous abuse I had suffered at the hands of my brother 20 years ago and the violence I endured 10 years ago. I thought back to a time when I preferred to end it all, I thought of the time I felt like the people I loved most were turning their backs on me, and I started tearing up…and somewhere before the 20 kilometer mark I snapped out of it. Somewhere in my mind I had recounted events and people up to around age 23 or 24, and then things began looking up.

I thought about art school and my art school friends. I thought about how my parents finally came around during that time. I thought about how I began understanding the world a little differently after studying nursing and anthropology. I thought about how excited I was to begin working at the ad agency full time. I remembered how much I wanted to design for mobile. I remember getting filmed for my university, gushing about how much I wanted to start my own design business and travel the world with it. I began thinking of my friends, old and new. I thought of my supportive boyfriend, my gassy cat, the guy who sold me my running shoes. I thought of all the kind people I had met on this marathon and triathlon journey and about what cause I wanted to fundraise for when I begin my 70.3 training.

As the kilometers ticked off one by one, I was getting increasingly sore and tired. I thought of my fundraising efforts and all the women who needed the help of Dress for Success to transition from welfare to work. As the run got harder and harder — theres a 13 mile hill climb, if you didn’t know — I thought of those mornings where Shant would lead a run on his bike and I would try to keep up. I played that game a bit in my head. When I ran out, I switched it to my first 6 mile run around Lady Bird lake with my friend Barce. When that was over, I began thinking of my group training runs with my friends at work, who always managed to head out for a post-work jaunt around the neighborhood with me. I can remember days where I felt like slacking but everyone got me out of the door.

Somewhere along kilometer 35, it became quiet in my head. I had finally emptied it of all thought and ideas. It was just silence for awhile. I was actively ignoring the music blaring in my ears. I had passed a beautiful Greek countryside with rolling hills and small villages. I passed a small industrial area and now was in the suburbs. The buildings began getting closer together and the rain and wind became significantly stronger. I pulled out the plastic bag I had neatly tied away at kilometer 5. My fingers were tingling, my legs were numb, and I was shivering. Thinking it was dehydration I took some sips out of my hydration pack and concluded that it was really because I was cold. Running in 40 degree weather with wind chill, drizzling rain, and California summer weather running gear will do that to you.

At around kilometer 39 or 40, I was met with a foil blanket from a nice emergency guard who had lauded my accomplishment thus far. As he wrapped the shiny blanket around me, he looked me in the eyes and said, “Now, go finish the race you started.” I was finally in downtown Athens and it looked similar to the morning after a rainstorm in Bangkok. The roads were closed, and people were on the sidelines clapping their hands and yelling “Bravo!”. To my recollection, the only other person to have ever said that to me in that way was Shant’s mother.

I neared a familiar sight, the Syntagma Square and the House of Parliament. I ran under the first inflatable arch right after kilometer 42. I tried to pick up the pace as I saw the next arch and was only able to pull off a small trot. As I passed the second metal arch, what came into view was absolutely beautiful: the giant Panathenaikon Stadium, in full marble, in full glory. By that time, I could feel the pain leaving my body — if only temporarily — as I sped up to a run. Volunteers were cheering us on and as I crossed the finish line, I could not believe the journey I had just gone on. My energy was spent, I was shivering, but I finished the marathon with a smile on my face. After months of planning and training, it was all I could ask for.

The Ever Elusive Twenty Mile Run

Just as things were ramping up with my marathon training, winding down with triathlon training, and coming to an end with my academics, things took an interesting turn at my new full time job that totally consumed me.

I have always misunderstood what people meant by not having the time to pursue a hobby or a healthier lifestyle. It is difficult enough to manage your schedule. Something to consider — I learned this from Tony Schwartz, the CEO of The Energy Project — is that what you really have to do is manage your energy levels.

It seems pretty straightforward, right? You can only do as much stuff as your energy allows. Yet, we dictate our lives with arbitrary deadlines, false aspirations, and on a time cycle that is not really calibrated to our natural circadian rhythm. What to do?

I did what most normal people would do. I skipped my training in favor of dealing with some of the immediate stressors that were facing me. Instead of helping, it actually hurt quite a bit. I was not nearly as productive, my attitude was perma-cranky, I was consistently tired and depressed, and I fell behind during one of the most crucial training months.

Each weekday and weekend would go by where I began tabulating how much time I was losing and how far it was setting me back from my goals. A long run missed here, a group session missed there. I began missing 13 milers, 16 milers, and eventually I missed by 20 miler three times. It was demoralizing and worrisome until one day, I gave myself an ultimatum. No matter what I had planned that week or weekend, no matter how stressed I was feeling, I would get my 20 miler in.

That was three days ago, one full week before my first marathon. By the time I was done running errands and procrastinating, it was already 6 oclock. A long run meant braving the dark streets all alone on a rainy and freezing Sunday evening. No matter what, I had to get the twenty miler in, so i had to make a tough decision.

I headed towards the gym. Thats right…I completed my twenty mile long run on a treadmill. It was less than ideal but it would have to do. In an effort not to psych myself out I told myself that I would complete it in five mile stretches with breaks in between. I was armed with my GU gels and nuun tabs. My iPod was charged and my phone was beside me, chirping with motivational messages from my significant other and RunKeeper friends. I took it step by step, mile by mile, and finally caught up to that elusive twenty miler. It felt great!

Be Careful What You Wish For

Back sometime in April I had made a conscious decision to put my 30-day-turned-60-day challenge to good use and to give myself some long term goals that were a little less about vanity and a little more about substance.

That was seven months ago. I cant relieve the transformation that I have undergone in such a short period of time. Although many parts of my life remain constant, the more important things have changed. Instead of spending all of my brainpower on things like work (admittedly very important), I began spending time with scene very important, someone who had been neglected for a very long time…myself. My times I argued with myself, pushed mueslis self, belittled myself, and perhaps even surprised myself.

Running has given me yet another lens to view the world. Before I started training for the marathon and triathlon, it seemed as though most things were out of control. Most of the time, I was reactionary to external stimuli. I had a lassaize faire attitude with my business, my startup, my pursuit of higher education, and my relationships.

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Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens Classic Marathon Finish

I have to say that I am somewhat of a different person now. Im a bit more compassionate and empathetic of the struggles people go through in their daily life. I am constantly surprised by the depth of human emotions and motivation. I learn new things about my friends and family in little ways everyday. I can step outside of my ego and learn to take feedback for what it is.

When I started training, I made a pact with myself that I would take things slowly. I would carefully plan out my training schedule and races so that I could maximize my efforts while always seeing a constant improvement in performance. I understand that things wont always be that way, but you have to start somewhere. For me it started at a small 5K, progressed to 10Ks, and then to half marathons. At many points I questioned my motivations and my ability, but all I really wanted to do was prove to myself that I could commit to something and see it all the way through, no matter what it took.

In a few days I will get my chance to celebrate this transformation and achievement in Athens. I never thought I would be here today, typing up a blog on a plane ride across the world to finally see this goal all the way through. I hope that in achieving my goals I can gently motivate others to approach their aspirations with the same level of commitment and gusto!

Recent Read: Kara Goucher's Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons

As you may already know, I hit a bit of a rut with my training a few weeks ago. Before the bout got better, it got worse…by a lot. Eventually I did nothing — no swimming, no biking, no running. I was pretty low on motivation. I couldn’t get friends to join me. I was also under a lot of stress. I remember reading somewhere in Runner’s World magazine about Kara Goucher‘s book that was published awhile back (Kara Goucher’s Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons). It was geared towards women runners and was said to be a great resource, so I dusted off my nook, bought the book, and began reading.

I spent one weekend devouring the book. I couldn’t put it down! The three sections that I found most helpful included:

  • Balancing running with family and work: she gave tips and first hand advice on how to manage different commitments, deal with setbacks and guilt, and the positive reinforcement system
  • Finding the right training program for you: understanding that everyone has strengths at different distances and that you don’t have to race to be a runner
  • Building a successful support team: how to speak to your loved ones, friends, and family and help them help you during training, even if they can’t run every step alongside you

As I flipped through the pages, what was most helpful was that her authentic voice came through. It was incredibly genuine. It didn’t feel like I was getting advice from a world class Olympian. It felt like I was getting advice from an older sister.

My favorite piece of training advice: run three days a week. The three runs should include one easy day, one hard day, and one long day. Anything else outside of that is just gravy. With that mentality I’ve been able to schedule my runs in a lot easier, and it takes less mental preparation if I’m not so busy worrying about times, pacing, distance, route, etc. Easy/Hard/Long. Super simple!

Pick it up! My rating: 10/10