Monday, November 30, 2015

December Run Streak

Many people take part in run streaks all year round, some for a month or the most popular option from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I really liked this idea and thanks in part to my SOAS teammates, I have decided to take part and complete my own run streak! Unfortunately mine will have to take place beginning the month of December as I was incredibly lucky to get sick during Thanksgiving. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Best Stocking Stuffers for Runners

Thanksgiving is this week which means many retailers will have sales all weekend long. So if you haven't figured out where I am going with this one, get ready. This is the best time of year to buy gear! Many retailers will have sales especially online and why not support those local businesses by buying your running friends and family some new gear! Besides, we all know that our runner friends suffer from NMRGD (Need More Running Gear Disorder) and OED (Obsessive Expo Disorder) so why not help them out?

Monday, November 23, 2015

NTK info for traveling to races

After my first year competing in triathlons, I wanted to fly everywhere. But I learned my lesson that year and now I try to drive to most of my races. However, for road races, I am finding that most of those races within driving distance are dwindling, which means I now must fly again. The problem with flying before and after a race, is that it can take a toll on the body and prevent recovery. With my most recent race in Louisville, I decided to put together the steps you should take to keep your body healthy and happy and ready for race day.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How To Deal With The Post-Race Slump

If there is one thing that I always get hit with after a major "A" race, it is the post-race slump. That moment when the last thing you want to do is train, you put your bike in the corner and take a break from him or her. Take some time off from running and letting your hair get back to normal thanks to a break in chlorine intake. 

For me, the post-race slump has been more about rest, relaxation and planning out next year's races, but it was more so about taking time off the bike. After racing on it for 6 hours, the last thing I want to do is get back on. Some people are better at it, for me mentally, I just couldn't do it. 

But running, I found myself doing more so than I thought. Did my new present of the Garmin 920XT from my coach help? Absolutely! I had a new gadget to tinker with and see what it could do on my runs. The runs were short and sweet, but I was back to it the week after. 

The post-race slump can also turn into, the post-race blues. You just spent all this time training and preparing and now that race is over. You feel lost and confused, or at least I did. 

So instead of staying like this, I got out of my slump by following these four steps: