The Best Halloween Candy for Running Fuel

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Especially for running.  From crunching on leaves, to checking out Halloween decorations, and finally not dying of heat exhaustion, the Fall season is really where it’s at for runners.  As if that isn’t enough of a reason to get the shoes laced up, there’s ALL THE HALLOWEEN CANDY. … Read the rest

Recovery Runs in Endurance Training – Weekly Recap 10.4.20

We moved into our new home!  We’ve gotten about 90% of the unpacking done, and are starting to tackle hanging things up where we want them.  We still need to buy a few bigger pieces of furniture (like our dining table), but we’re focusing on getting what we have set up to see what kind of style we really want to focus on. … Read the rest

Training For An Ultra Marathon – In a Pandemic

Remember March? The Spring Break that never ended? How could anyone forget? Way back then, I was training for the Irving Marathon. Hoping to finally nab that elusive Boston Qualifying time. When everything started shutting down, I held on to a micro-sliver of hope that my race still might happen.… Read the rest

50 Mile Training Plan Peak Week (and a move) – Weekly Recap – 9.27.20

I made an unintelligent decision.  I don’t like the word “stupid,” so we’ll just call this week unwise timing.  We moved from a third floor apartment to a two story home the same week as the peak in my 50 mile training plan. … Read the rest

Avoiding Overuse Injury

Endurance running and overuse injury are two phrases that seem to appear in sentences together almost as frequently as  “Tom Cruise” and “insane Scientologist.”  And for good reason.  Running might not be considered a contact sport, but it is definitely high impact and repetitive. … Read the rest

Ultramarathon Race Recovery – Weekly Recap 9.20.20

This week involved a lot of ultramarathon race recovery. I’ve always heard how ultramarathons are so different from road races, and race recovery is no exception to this rule. For my first 50k a few years ago, I honestly wasn’t prepared for what race recovery would look like, and I approached it the same way I did for marathon races.… Read the rest

Essential Ultramarathon Gear & How to Pack It

Running an ultramarathon is tough, but it’s not just the hours and miles.  Sometimes getting everything that you need all together, organized, and packed can take longer than the run itself.  And in this new post-pandemic world where we need to be more self-sufficient on the course than ever, those bags aren’t getting any lighter. … Read the rest

Sky Island 50k Race Recap – Weekly Recap – 9.13.20

I GOT TO RUN A RACE THIS WEEKEND!  It has been 9 months since I was able to race, and I was so excited to get back out there.  This was my second 50k, and I decided to use it as a supported long run for my 50 mile ultramarathon next month. … Read the rest

Races and Marathons Post Pandemic – What to Expect

Who could have expected that 90% of the 2020 road and trail racing season would be cancelled due to a pandemic?  It was definitely not what I expected a year ago, but here we are.  And it seems like we might finally be reaching a point where racing can be a possibility again. … Read the rest

Racing During Training – Weekly Recap – 9.6.20

Technically, this week was a de-load or recovery week, which meant lower mileage and more recovery.  Honestly, at this point in training for a 50 miler, there isn’t very much in the way “low mileage” happening, so it doesn’t quite feel like a training break. … Read the rest