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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Asheville Marathon Training — T-Minus Three Weeks

Yikes… How did that happen?… Now only three weeks until the Asheville Marathon??? Maybe that honeymoon break was a bad idea, especially given my goals for this race?  Well I had my wakeup this week and jumped back into it with both feet…

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Running in compression tights and short sleeves!

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Scary Goals: Considering a PR/BQ Test Race

Friends,

I’ve previously documented my struggle (mental and physical) to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  The closest I got was 3:45:47, about 10 minutes slower than the Boston application cutoff (but more like 15 minutes from what I’d actually need to get in).  I’m several years older and wiser… although unfortunately still in the same age bracket for BQ qualifying times.  And in the intervening years, I backed off the pressure, refocused my goals (hello, 50 states!), gained some weight, lost some weight, explored new workouts, changed jobs, gotten married, bought a home, and ultimately ended up with my marathon times back in the same range as they were in 2011.

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So naturally, my mind wanders back to the BQ.  Am I finally ready to tackle this challenge?  At 30 years old, healthy, and childless, is this potentially my last, best chance?  Or would I just be setting myself up for frustration and disappointment, and worst of all, would I be taking the joy out of running?  So I have a plan.

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MS Blues Recovery/Asheville Marathon Eight-Weeks Out Recap

So two Saturdays ago I ran the Mississippi Blues Marathon.  I asked a fellow runner there — who had run like 136 marathons or something absurd — what he recommended for the spring.  His first suggestion was the Asheville Marathon.  I haven’t run a marathon in North Carolina, so that sounded good to me.  Last Monday I registered and mapped out my training plan.   This first week was a recovery week, of course, with lots of rest and extra protein in my smoothies (I used the usual Vega All in One plus Wild Foods whey protein).  But I didn’t want to completely let myself go and become one with the couch because there’s another race around the corner.  I’ll spend these first few weeks getting back to fighting weight, strength training, and doing shorter long runs.  Here’s a recap of this past week.

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Up Next in March 2016…

OK, now that I’ve wrapped up the Mississippi Blues Marathon (recap here), I’ve decided to get serious about picking some spring races.  As I mentioned in my Mississippi recap, I ran a good portion of that race with a very friendly and seasoned 3:50 pacer.  I asked him his suggestions for spring marathons and…

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Let’s Talk About Glycogen! (and Tapering and Carb Loading)

I’m tapering for the Mississippi Blues Marathon, and in a few days I’ll start carb loading.  We do this mostly because of one fancy word: glycogen. I’ve heard the word bandied about but I wondered Do I really know what it means?  And am I doing the right things with regard to glycogen?  Thank goodness for the internet.

Here’s what I’ve figured out…

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