VCM Training Week Two: OTF, Gardening, and Sleeping

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U.S. Arboretum

Another week has come and gone, and we are already into APRIL!  This was my second week of training for the Vermont City Marathon.

Here was what I had planned for this week:

  • OTF X 3
  • CorePower Yoga X 3
  • Run 10 miles
  • Lose some body fat
  • Do UVA Speed Clinic remedial exercises DAILY

And here’s what I did…

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New Blog Series: The Other 23 Hours

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Out for a walk during the other 23 hours

Runners and other athletes like to think they are healthy.  We take comfort in our cardiovascular fitness, our low blood pressure, our low resting heart rates.  We feel strong, mentally and physically, because we run.  And we might even feel a little superior over others.   I’m certainly not here to take those feelings away from anyone.

But recently I’ve been thinking (and learning) more and more about the importance of what we are doing with our bodies when we aren’t working out…  You know, the other 23 hours…

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First Week of VCM Training

IMG_1085I announced last week that I had registered for the Vermont City Marathon, held over Memorial Day weekend in Burlington.  This will be another two-month training cycle, which I’ve been liking a lot lately.  I took a full recovery week after the Asheville Marathon, and then I slowly started back up this week, without a focus on mileage.

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CorePower Yoga Review

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You may have heard me mention CorePower Yoga in a few of my posts.  The studios seem to be popping up everywhere these days, so I wanted to give it a try and provide a review for y’all.  CorePower offers the first week of classes for free (nice!), plus I picked up a 10 class online discount coupon.  I’ve been to a bunch of classes and am ready to report back!

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Which State Will Be Number 12???

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I went back and forth about how many races I was actually going to run this year, and in particular, about whether I’d run something between the Asheville Marathon in March and the Mesa Falls Marathon in August.  Summer isn’t really what I think of as marathon season, and it’s fun to take some time off for weddings and triathlons and fun, non-running travel.  But I guess I’m addicted at this point, and I went ahead and registered for a May marathon.  What did I pick???….

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Last Week of Asheville Marathon Training

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View from Sunday’s long run

Did anyone do RnR New Orleans this weekend?  I did that marathon a few years ago and it was pretty fun!  Check out my recap here.  

This week was do-or-die for me, given that my longest run in this training cycle was 11.4 miles until this week.  Yikes!!!!  I usually like to get to 17 or 18 miles, if not 20.  Last week I stepped it up with three Orangetheory sessions and two longer runs, and this week I wanted to keep the momentum and finish this training cycle strong.  Oh, and do a true long run.  Here’s how I did…

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Ten Things I Learned at the UVA SPEED Clinic

IMG_1430I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts lately, and one running-related podcast I’ve enjoyed is the Run to the Top podcast from Runners Connect.  In a recent episode, host Tina Muir documented her second trip to the University of Virginia SPEED Clinic in Charlottesville, VA (wahoowa!).  This, of course, played right into (1) my recent speed-related goals and (2) my newfound interest in body mechanics.  About three-quarters through the episode, I Googled the SPEED Clinic and emailed its director, Max, to set up an appointment.  Here’s a little background and what I learned from my visit…

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