The Importance of Rest in Training

Miles were back up this week, and after a week of rest, I felt great for most of the week.  I’m so guilty of wanting to skip the rest part of recovery, but it always catches up to me.  It’s a huge mistake to discount the importance of rest in training, but it can take some practice (and sometimes bad experiences) to learn how to listen to your body and respect its need for down time. … Read the rest

Recovery Runs – Weekly Recap – 11.22.20

A much needed recovery week comes to a close!  This recovery week fell at just the right time, with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend taking a lot more of my time and energy than I had planned.  I ran a full marathon for my long run last Saturday, and had planned to run 13-15 miles on Sunday, but I was just not up for it. … Read the rest

7 Tips for Staying Active During the Holidays

The holiday season is definitely upon us.  Every year I have clients who tell me they struggle to stay active during the holiday season.  Between travel, spending time with the family, and trying to cram 40 hours of work into 3 days, it can feel overwhelming. … Read the rest

Tapering for an Ultra Marathon

It has finally arrived, the 50 mile ultramarathon taper. For someone who really likes to run, not running quite as much isn’t exactly a vacation. Sure, it’s nice to sleep in a little later and have slightly more energy, but there’s also a little more anxiety and nervous energy that doesn’t have a convenient place to go.… 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

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

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

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