Thursday, February 23, 2017

This Time Last Year...

This week last year my training regimen looked a lot different than it does right now. I took a trip down my "blog post memory lane" to see what I was up to in February 2016 and discovered this...

The week was off to a great start and I had already completed an early training session that day...
(I haven't completed a swimming workout since the start of 2017 so I'm definitely falling behind where swimming is concerned).

In addition to my 2016 swimming training I was also getting my long runs in at a decent pace...

Not to mention my strength training...

So I'm not where I was... and not where I want to be... but definitely not where I'm going to stay...

Especially since I started running for myself and I continue because...

Anyway I can't allow "2016 LeAnne" to out perform "2017 LeAnne" so I'm off to do my run for today 😉.

How does your training this year compare to last year?

Why did you start running?

Why do you continue?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Between Restlessness & Exhaustion...


So I'm a little tired. Ok, I'm A LOT tired, and I've had this nagging headache that doesn't seem to want to go away. I ended up missing my run this morning so that I could get some more rest and hopefully sleep my headache away. But it didn't work. So for right now I'm aiming to linger in a state between restlessness and exhaustion and hopefully get through my daily run tonight.

Between sleeping in and keeping up with this blogging streak I had a busy day at work planning for an upcoming conference that I'm going to attend/present a poster at. The conference is right before my next half marathon which is the Miami Beach half... next weekend!!!

The Miami Beach half was my desired PR race, but after the A1A half last weekend I'm really not sure I'll be able to pull it off. The reality of that is pretty sobering because as the weather gets hotter and more humid in Florida, a PR seems further and further out of reach. I'm still going to put in the work and preparation and aim for it, but I come back from my work trip late on Saturday night and my race is bright and early on Sunday morning 😞. So the combination of being tired and having to run in the heat probably won't be great.

While I'm planning for the upcoming Miami Beach half and work stuff, I'm also planning for future stuff with my ZOOMA Ambassador group. With that in mind, I'm excited to share that the ZOOMA leadership team recently opened additional ambassador spots!!! If you are interested you can apply here

You can also check out the entire schedule of ZOOMA races (here) and decide which one(s) you want to register for 😉)...

How was your Wednesday?

Have you ever been a race ambassador?

Do you have any PR goals for this year?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A1A Races Pics & Other Race News...

Race photos are in!!!! First let me say that my current running related financial situation necessitates a focused allocation of financial resources towards race entry fees and travel. As a result I'm not currently motivated (financially or otherwise) to purchase race photos. And I certainly won't purchase them for a race that sucked. BUT I will share them and willingly give all the photo credit to the official photographers and their employer (thank you MarathonFoto!). I happen to like the pictures from the A1A half on Sunday because I look like I'm having a great time (even though inside I felt like I was dying)...
(not the best running form (arms should not cross over body) but still a nice pic 😎)

I think I must have been in a hypoglycemia induced state of delusion during which my facial expressions were not accurately reflecting the agony I was actually feeling...

And you can tell that's what's probably happening because I seem to be waving to photographers that may not actually be there, while completely ignoring the ones who are taking my race pictures...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Garmin, Selfies, & What Keeps You Going...

My legs felt surprisingly good this morning considering what I put them through at the half marathon yesterday. And even though it wasn't my best half marathon experience, the 13.1+ miles helped me win my Garmin Step Challenge...

But by the time the evening rolled around my legs felt heavier and I barely made it through my one mile run...

Post-run pic...

If it wasn't for my running streak I would have taken a complete rest day, but my daily run has become somewhat of a habit for me so even when I'm tired I try and find the motivation to get it done...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A1A Half Marathon {Race Recap}

If I could sum up this race in one word it would be: Miserable. Not because of anything the race organizers did (or didn't do) but because the weather was hot and humid and it made for very challenging race conditions. Even at 5:30am when I was walking towards the start line I overheard people commenting about the weather. But despite the weather, thousands of runners showed up...

Including a few friendly familiar faces...

The wait at the start went by quickly and we were off only a few minutes after the initial 6:00am start time. This race has a rolling corral start system so everyone most people lined up according to their pace... 
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(that's me with the blue arrow sticking out of my head 😉)