THIS Will Help Me Reach My Time Goal At Eugene & On My Running Wish List

Happy Friday-eve! FINALLY! This week has definitely dragged along (I’m sure that teaching skiing all day on Sunday definitely hasn’t helped), but I’m so looking forward to this weekend! We’re getting our Holiday cards mailed out, our Christmas tree, exchanging Hanukkah gifts, and everything else Holiday-related. I also did not spend $1 during Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales- this is a HUGE win for me (especially with all the crazy amount of marketing out there!). My Christmas shopping is all done and I did do ONE purchase for myself- these candles. The ‘Damn It’s Early’ scent is incredible and they’re also a small business, which I LOVE supporting! I’m also trying to get everything I’ll need to train for Eugene now rather than waiting until later so I’m stocking up on gels (I’m going to be trying these), ordering more of these (the watermelon flavor is my favorite), rearranging my chews, and finding my race-day outfit (including sneakers)!

Also it will never get old seeing this! Anyone else apply to be part of the 2019 Hive program?!?

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THIS will also be a staple for me this training cycle. I’ve tried to use the training journal before, but I’ve struggled making it a habit (I typically just use google docs spreadsheet to keep track of my activity & mileage on my sneakers)- this time I’m committed to making it work! I’m 100% positive that it will help me reach my sub 3:40 marathon time in Eugene!

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Flashback to yesterday where Stella & I went on a VERY chilly walk during lunch (I think it was 15* out?!?). I’m saving my run for this afternoon today, so it should be around 20* rather than single digits. WHEN will it get past freezing again? I would love to see the roads sometime this winter (rather than snowy/icy filled ones).

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Happy Hannukkah! We celebrate both Hannukkah and Christmas (Chrismukkah style, as per the OC- anyone else ever watch that show? I was seriously OBSESSED with Marisa & Ryan…might need to binge watch that show on the treadmill!). We light the menorah, but exchange one gift towards the end of Hanukkah (that will be this weekend for us) and try our hand at making latkes (last year we made SO many and they really didn’t turn out too well…). Then we’ll do another gift on Christmas and do Chinese for dinner.

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Here’s a few things that I think should be on your runner’s gift list this year!

  • THESE pants- they feel so amazing on and don’t move on me at all

  • THESE socks- so soft!

  • THIS to help with recovery

  • THIS sweatshirt to keep warm post-run and also because so accurate. (I want this!)

  • THIS mug because everyone needs to know that they run (I want this!)

  • THIS necklace- SOOOO cute and I want one!

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I’d love to know what your favorite Holiday traditions are!

How do you keep track of your training?

The O.C. - team Summer or team Marisa?

Black Friday or Cyber Monday- what sales did you take advantage of?

Training Tuesday: I LOVE this Running Calculator & How To Program A Workout Into Your Garmin

Hi friends! Alright so I'm taking a few days off a running. I didn't have the BEST tempo run yesterday (it was pretty hilly so I should probably give myself some grace) and ended feeling just "blah", so I'm taking a few days off a running and focusing on other things! I think sometimes it's hard to take a step back, but after a few runs lately that left me feeling less-than-spectacular I've decided that the best thing to do is to take a step back. I'll probably end up cutting back my training plans (thinking running 5 days a week instead), but I still believe that I've got a 3:45 marathon in me! Plus, THIS running calculator gives me pretty great confidence since I train at ~7,000 to 8,000 ft in elevation and running at Vegas is at ~2,000' still means I could even get under 3:35! Whattt. Regardless if this is accurate, that makes me feel PRETTY spectacular. 

Thanks to the  HRG  for posting this on her page!

Thanks to the HRG for posting this on her page!

OK so I just recently started programming my workouts into my Garmin (I have the Forerunner 235 and LOVE it) and am not really sure what took me so long. It's super helpful if you're planning to do any sort of speed, but I also really love it on my easy run days because you can program a certain pace range (AKA super slow) that you want and it will buzz until you are in your targeted pace zone. It also counts down on the distance so it's always refreshing to look down and see "oh wow, I only have a mile left" or something like that! 

You can program the workout into your Garmin through the Garmin Connect App on YOUR PHONE! How easy is that and then send it to your watch! 

1. Hit "More" down at the lower right portion of your screen

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2. Click on "Workouts"

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3. Click on the "+" on the Upper Right Portion of Your Screen

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4. Click on Run (or whatever workout you want to program!)

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5. Edit Your Workout. I like to keep in the Warm-Up & Cool-Down and program those to durations (and slower paces) to remind myself to take it slower in the beginning and at the end of my runs (but you can always delete those too!)

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6. Add the information that you want for each step (I started in Warm-up) & clicked on Duration Type to switch it to Distance. 

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7. Add an 'intensity target' if you want. This is where I'll add my targeted pace, but you can also target Heart Rate/ Mph/ etc. 

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8. Hit the "back arrow" (top left portion of your screen) once you're done editing your warm-up/ run/ cool-downs and then once it's all set you can send it directly to your WATCH by clicking the phone looking icon on the top right portion of your screen! Voila! 

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Ever tried programming your workout into your watch?

What's the elevation going to be at your next race?