Another summer of training is nearly in the books!! Could I be any more excited…NO. I can’t wait to get out of Florida summer training.
Yeah, yeah I know I tell you to embrace every run and every moment, but the first morning I get up to find it’s not 100% humidity I’m going to do a happy dance like the world has never seen.
First up on my love list…food with MY FACE on it!!! Thanks to my friends at Clif Bar for this unexpected treat! David has been devouring these bars on this mountain bike rides and now he’ll look at me while doing so…a little like eating the head off a chocolate rabbit, but cool.GEAR LOVE
Seriously I have an issue…I love running gear. All of it. All the time.
I don’t collect knick knacks, I can’t stand clutter…but show me a new pair of running shoes, a book, a different foam roller and MUST HAVE.
The Huaka is firmer and more responsive compared to the Clifton, which has a full EVA midsole. But what really intrigued me was that is the lowest offset at 2mm in the HOKA line. I’ve only had a chance to run in them a few times, but so far, so good. For triathletes they have the quick release laces!!
TomTom Cardio Watch: I’ve talked about my love this watch doing HR through the wrist a million times, but for me it seems to matter even more in winter. The chest strap seemed to have issues picking up my HR with cold skin…maybe I’m a vampire who knows.
Your heart rate is measured through a sensor in the watch that monitors changes in blood flow in your wrist. This is done by shining a light through the skin and detecting the changing light reflections. — I think every single runner in the RunToTheFinish training group has ended up buying one…I swear I didn’t make them, but they love it too!
Love the watch, hate the weather.
Thus when the weather is getting the best of me, I turn to finding great sources of motivation…for me that often means a book!!
On my list of top 50 running books were a few that I still had on my must read list (and of course my list has grown since that one!!). Recently, I finally carved out time on a rainy weekend to settle in and devour Run or Die by Kilian Jornet.
Don’t know who he is? Kilian is a arguably the best endurance runner in the world. He doesn’t just do Ultras, he does them in the most rugged terrain there is and often not as part of any formal race, but just as a multi-day test of his own ability.
This book was different for me in that I couldn’t totally relate to his stories because I’m not that intense! It was interesting to read the in’s and out’s of his amazing adventures, but what I really wanted was more of his mindset, which he finally started to really share at the end of the book. I’m almost positive another book is coming!!!
Here are a few stand out pieces that I think will resonate with so many of you:
Following are some of the great stories around the web that caught my attention as well:
How to Balance Running and Strength by Blondes Have More Run
Why do we get emotional about the scale by Dick Talens
Low key female athlete dominating the Ultra World by Outside Online
Why I swear by green juice to fuel my runs by Mind Body Green
How to achieve more by intentionally doing less by Addicted 2 Success
YTP Bootcamp (need a boost try this online program) by Your Trainer Paige
3 Ways to Start Believing You’re Beautiful by Nitika Chopra
Do These 4 Things When You Start Out Running Too Fast by Race Pace Jess
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