Dave and I celebrated his 30th birthday in Portland and loved all the great food that was there. When my former coworker told me about the Old Port Half Marathon, I knew it was a great excuse for us to get out there again. The only problem was that I booked my Airbnb and had our plans all ready but upon arrival to pick up our bibs, I realized that I forgot to register Dave and myself for the race!! How could this happen?!
Happy fourth of July! I hope you all are enjoying some nice weather and bbq! Dave and I will be relaxing a bit after our ritual race–the Finish at the Fifty 5k.
It’s my second year of running with my new running form and it went pretty well. My hips were pain-free both during and after which is a huge success! I completed the race in 22:12 (7:09 pace)!
My feet were a little sore during and after the race but much better than after the Brooklyn Airbnb Half and haven’t developed any new blisters. After doing some reading about minimalist running, blistering and the foot soreness I’m seeing is often due to your form being compromised. I think there are three things I need to be extra careful with my form.
I made this shirt for my last marathon, Boston Marathon 2012. It has clearly taken some wear and tear as it used to say “LITTLE MISS RUNSHINE”. I remember that marathon everyone cheered me on as “Little Miss SUNshine”. I’ll have to make the “RUN” more obvious for when I have my comeback marathon! 🙂
Speaking of comeback marathon…my marathon isn’t until November but I have already adjusted my expectations. My running has been going pretty well for the most part–I have been improving my times in each race–but I have been starting to have some issues with blisters (both regular and blood blisters). I did some reading and this often is an issue for minimalist runners when their form starts to suffer.
I typically don’t like limiting myself to one type of workout or fitness routine. I love going to a variety of fitness classes and mixing it up. However, over the next month or two, I am going to have three main fitness goals:
- Keep up my running
- Attend as many Kick It by Eliza classes as I can
- Practice teaching Kick It both just by myself and with friends
I have a 5k, 7 miler and 2 half marathons leading up to a full marathon in November which makes it pretty obvious why I need to keep up my running. If I want to stay injury-free, I can’t lose my base mileage that I have been working so hard to build up.
As for goals 2 and 3…you might have read that I recently got certified to teach Kick It! Unlike other certifications I have gone through, I want to challenge myself to actually start teaching. In order for me to do so, it is going to require a lot of work upfront.
Photo by Lucie Wicker Photography
It takes me some time to sequence the routine and remember it. I want to attend a lot of classes, practice teaching my own sequences at home, and getting it really down so I can feel super confident teaching my first official class. I have some time scheduled the next time I’m at my work headquarters to practice teaching with some coworkers. I’ll likely try to teach Dave and some friends too prior to that too!
I know that if I put this focus on teaching Kick It and attending Kick It classes upfront, it will be easier for me to sequence the classes and remember in the future. At that point, I can go back to my variety of classes. I love Kick It, but I also love going to other bootcamps, yoga, spinning, barre–you name it!
What are your June fitness goals?