While I’m more immediately focused on my first Ragnar Relay next weekend, it’s important to step back and remember my big goal this fall–a PR at the Nike Women Half Marathon in San Francisco. I ran this race last year as my second half marathon and was thrilled when Finish Line Women asked me to join their team this year. On October 18, I’ll be racing for a sub-2:10 finish. I may not be the fastest on my team of four (ahem, Andy and Ashley), but I’m working to better my best every race.
One week after running SeaWheeze in Vancouver, I started an 8-week training program with Coach Jess that would prepare me for both the Ragnar and Nike SF. So far, I’ve been running four times per week, strength training once, practicing yoga once, and resting once. As for my runs, the schedule includes two runs of 3-5 miles, one run for speed work or hills, and one long run. After the Ragnar, I’ll be recovering with yoga and shorter runs for one week before my training schedule gets intense again. The most difficult part about training thus far has been enduring the heat and humidity. Even at 6:30am, it’s sticky and difficult to breathe in Central Park.
I can’t wait to head back to San Francisco. After visiting for the first time last October, I briefly thought about moving there. If I did move, I’d choose a city with a better cost of living, so I did not head to SF. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere right now. I’m looking forward to the mild weather, fresh food, bright street art, and ocean views. I’m also looking forward to seeing some of my blogger friends like Cait and Kristine. It’s going to be a giant girl party on those hills.
When the Finish Line Women team sent me this gear, they also included a gift from the GoPro team–a HERO4 Session camera! This is the lightest and smallest model from GoPro, making it perfect to mount on my chest or arm to film training runs. I can’t wait to create a video of the final month of my training to share with all of you. Until then, follow along on Instagram!
Photography by Lydia Hudgins