A few weekends ago I rode the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC)–190 miles to help fundraise money to find a cure for cancer…and it was amazing! I rode with my former coworkers on a team of 10 for their 10th anniversary of riding the PMC. The weekend was a great experience and I have so much I could say about it, but to start, I’ll just give reasons why I really enjoyed the PMC.
I’m not very coordinated but have been challenging myself to go to classes that involve some coordination. One of the classes I have been going to lately is called Kick It by Eliza Shirazi. Eliza created this class to combine her passions of dance, music and community. She created Kick It in 2009 and offered it at UMass Amherst for four years. Learn more about Kick It by watching this video…embedded by Embedded Video
I mentioned a month ago how I was getting into minimalist running. I have been running pretty consistently for about 30 minutes each time I run. My calves have been doing better and my pace has been improving slightly each time.
The last time I went to my PT at the Spaulding National Running Center for a check-in, he said I could start to increase my distance, run two days in a row and include speed work. This would of course all be in moderation and not all at once. For example, if I did a longer run I wouldn’t do speed work and I’d run speed work on a shorter run day.
This news was bittersweet.
Two years ago I signed up for the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC)–a 192 mile bike ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown that raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. My training was going really well and I was feeling strong. I even had bought Dave a road bike or his birthday so that I could force him to go on rides with me. We really enjoyed getting up early and heading out on the road before most others were out there.
The only issue with my training was that after my long rides, I always felt really sick. The summer of training was one that it was really hot out, so I thought maybe I was dehydrated. After running the Finish at the 50 and feeling sick for 4 days straight, I finally hired a nutritionist to help me but she said I was doing everything right. I began to think it was a gluten allergy or something else so tried to be careful about what I was eating.