Thursday, March 31, 2016

Some Thoughts From Erin: When I began running

For some people, they start on the track, others the woods or the football field. For me, it was the backyard, the front yard, the soccer field, the baseball tee (well that was more for cartwheels), these were all areas where I began running. But running to me was never a sport. It was something I did while taking part in other sports or just playing. It would not be until the third grade when the mandatory presidential physical fitness test was put into place, that I would realize my semi-enjoyment for running.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Swimming Terminology Guide for Triathletes

Back, Butter, Breast, Free. It's easy to understand as they are all styles of swimming. I remember this saying from the beginner days of taking swim classes including Tickle-T-Touch. But little did I know there was so much more to the sport. 

Swimming is one of those sports that I have always had issues with understanding its terminology. I find myself googling what exactly my coach has me doing for the day because I have no clue what a tombstone kick is. So I have an idea of, but then he fools me once again!

If you are like me, you would love and appreciate a swimming study guide of what every term means. Which is why I asked my coach and Master swim instructor Tony Rich to put together a list of the top confusing swimming terms that you may have in your TrainingPeaks or master's swim class workout. However, being the swim wizard he is, he sent a boatload of workout terms and man I had no idea there were this many! Some are easy and you probably know them from the workouts you have done or watched in the Olympics, but there may be some that surprise you. 

So to help you out in your next class, remember to come back to this reference guide and before you know it, you will be able to read a set and not have to ask what it means! If you are interested in having Tony as a coach of help you with your swimming, visit

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Why Researching The Race You Want To Sign Up For Is Critical

Have you ever registered for a race, only to have it canceled a few days before the start or even the day of? Sometimes due to weather, other times due to permits. But how about a fake race that was never going to happen?

Well if this hasn’t happened to you yet, it might. Why? Because it happened to my mom. She was signed up to run a race in New Mexico under the race organization USRA Half Marathon Series and as she was boarding the plane she received this email.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, The Greater Albuquerque Half Marathon scheduled for this Sunday, July 13 has been rescheduled for a later date. You will have the option to transfer your registration to that race or any other USRA race. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

The options he provided were to defer to a later race in the USRA series or deal with the cancellation. If you defer, who is to say that the race will actually happen? After researching the company, I found that this is not the first time this race director has done this. He has "held" races in other cities around the country, which he either pulled the same stunt or held the race but lacked everything needed including water, police presence, and food. He also had the audacity to not pay the police or other bills owed to that city.

So how do you prevent this from happening to you? Here are my 3 steps to making sure the race you are signing up for will take place. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Adapting to Change and Becoming an Early Morning Person

Some people are naturally morning people, other are evening, and some just adjust to availability during the day. I am not talking about sleep, I am talking about running/working out. It doesn't matter what you are but I found it fascinating recently when I discovered that I was now a morning person rather than an evening. In the evenings, I like to come home after work and relax rather than head out for a 1-2 hour workout. But if you had asked me 6 years ago things were different.... time warp...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Some Thoughts From Erin: Strength Training is Crucial!

This offseason I have really begun to focus on building up my strength, especially in my upper body. I have always had strong leg strength since I was a child but that doesn't mean I neglected it. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Is that Pre or Post Race Beer a Good Idea?

One of the favorite items runners enjoy before or after a race? Beer! There are many races sponsored by beer companies, a few of which I have completed. Drinking a post race beer for me has never been something I have needed to do. My go-to meal before every race? Shrimp fried rice and a beer. . Or at least, it used to be. It turns out, drinking that beer the night before a race may not be the best thing to do.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When Gatorade Won't Do It, Try These Options Instead

We drink them while in training, for recovery and sometimes as a pick-me-up. But are sports drinks really that good for you? Some may suggest there are too many additives but sometimes that is necessary while logging lots of miles due to how much we sweat and what we need to replenish our systems.

If you are not a fan of Gatorade or other sugary sports drinks, try these out as an alternative before, during and after your run.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Five Races I'm Running This Spring

The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming available for sale in the grocery store, and daylight savings time is amongst us. Which means we are back to racing season! For those of you who have spent the past few months training to get ready, congrats! You made it! Ok but seriously let's get down to business. This spring I have already a couple of races on the schedule with two still to be determined depending on $$ and time. But for those who may still be looking for races, check out my list below!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Are Extreme Endurance Events Taking Over the Marathon?

Ultramarathons, Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, Ironman triathlons, Ragnar Relays; What do all of these races have in common? They offer athletes more of a rush than your average road race. In recent years, they have started to boom in popularity especially with the growth of younger athletes competing in mud races (Tough Mudder, Spartan) while some high schools are putting together Ragnar Relay teams. It seems to me that these events might be even more popular than your average marathon. Yes, you heard correctly. You may have just run 26.2 miles, but to some athletes, that is nothing unless it’s after you swam 2.4 and biked 112 miles.