Rock n recap

There were thousands running the race today in 95 degree heat in Concord. I ran it and it was hard! There are some gradual hills in Concord and the heat.

The hill to the finish was fun! This is where I captured this fun video:

There was food and music all through the course.

Fun Times.

 

Trying New Products: Altra Torin 2.5

This weekend I bought a new pair of road running shoes and testing them out today. I bought the Altra Torin. I wear a size 11 shoe and the men’s shoe fit the best.

When I lived in Tucson, I ran in a pair of Lone Peaks for trail running. I like them, but didn’t love them. But giving the road shoe a chance.

On Saturday I actually bought these from a running store, Runner’s Alley in Concord. The sales person was great and offered his advice on different options. Originally I wanted to buy a pair of Hoka’s but they didn’t fit well. I have some issues with my left foot: neuroma and a bunion so I need a bigger toe box. I’ve run on Asics and Pearl Izumi’s for so long and they have been good to me but it was time to try a different road shoe. And, as you know, Pearl Izumi isn’t making running products anymore ;-(

The Altra brand says that their Zero Drop running shoes can help improve technique and with the Toe Box will maximize shock absorption – all things that will be good for me.

I’m trying them out this morning and will let you know.

Things I do: Every time I buy a new pair of shoes I buy a new pair of socks. This time I bought a pair of Darn Tough socks made in Vermont.

Buy Local, Run Local – that’s my new motto. I don’t buy from Amazon anymore. Even though I could buy a few last pairs of Pearl Izumi road shoes from Amazon I chose not to. I’m buying from my local stores and local products. Speaking of making changes, I saw this online yesterday about The Small Change Initiative – geared to trail runners. “The idea is our small change, be it $5, $10, $20, or more adds up to big impact for organizations making a difference in the places we visit for our races and other adventures.” I think it’s a pretty cool idea. Here’s Adventures in Thumbhole’s blog.

Do you ever make bets with yourself and as a reward you sign up for something fun?

I do it all the time. Sometimes it works for motivation, sometimes not. Last night I found out from Facebook that there is a trail marathon in Bear Brook State Park; 11 miles from my house. I’m so used to driving hours for a race and don’t want to do it anymore – I want to run local. One of the many benefits of living in Concord is I’m central to so many events and activities. Plus, I need to sign up for a race that is long and on a trail, that is half way to my 53K race in September. I told myself if I got up today and ran the 7.5 mile loop I would sign up for it. I’m ready to hit the road with my new gear and to sign up for more races!

Monday Motivation; running in the rain, again

Subtitle: The Weekend That Wasn’t

Monday is always a new start.

I was sick all weekend and didn’t run at all. I’m off track for my A Race in September. And I need to get back at it.

Instead of being frustrated about another Monday New Start and the fact that it is STILL raining, I’m going to get in my running tights and rain jacket and get out there.

Because even when you feel like you’re starting from the beginning, the feeling after a good run – the high – feels so much better!

Happy Monday and don’t forget to be awesome!

Should you run when you are sick? Long run canceled, I’m sick

I started feeling a cold come on yesterday. I still ran my short run knowing that I couldn’t push it too much because I had a 13 miler on Saturday. I continued not feeling well at work Friday, drank tea and had a delicious smoothie from Live Juice (Wake Me Up with Green Tea, Hemp and Bananas) in the afternoon. Not feeling much better at 7 p.m.,  I went to bed early and woke up with a sore throat and phlegm.

No long run this morning.

I think it’s best to look at the long game when it comes to running when sick.

While I’m not running for the podium, I’m running for health, fitness and longevity. It doesn’t behoove me to run when I’m sick. However, I do have several upcoming races and need to be running long; I can make up for it this coming week.

I will run tomorrow’s Dirty 5K in Hanover knowing I’m taking care of myself today. It’s a three-mile trail run so even if I must walk it – I’m okay with it.

This morning I will eat blueberry pancakes, read the paper and sleep. Sometimes that is all one can do.

Here is a good article by Mindy Solkin : “To Run or Not to Run… What to Do When You’re Sick“.

How to Recover Right

I’ve always been pretty good at recovery after a hard workout.

On long bike rides I pass the time thinking about what I will eat when I get home and what show I’ll binge-watch on Netflix as I stay off my feet and recover.

After long runs – the same.

I love food and I long binge-watching my favorite TV shows.

As I get older I’ve been focusing on much more stretching and foam rolling post workout, and making sure I have enough time to do it well especially when time is short in the morning mid-week.

When I lived in Colorado my gym even had a class on Fridays called Stretch that was really a foam-rolling class. It was a great lesson on the importance of long-slow rolling on every major muscle group; and not rushing through it, which I have a tendency to do.

TriggerPoint has some great videos on foam rolling basics:

There is even a Pinterest board to help figure out the best ways to roll.

Happy Friday. See you out on your Long Run tomorrow!

Kristen

Upcoming Races in New Hampshire

On Saturday I need to run 13 miles for my training plan. I’ve considered signing up for a half marathon to stay focus but I’m non-committal right now.

My biggest goal is to get out the door this morning and run seven.

On Sunday morning, May 14 I’m running a trail race. The Dirty 5K – the first event in the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series. The trail run is in Hanover and I haven’t been to Hanover in many years or may I’ve only driven through it. It’s been a long time, so it’s time to see it.

That’s why I sign up for races – to see places I’ve never been to and to learn about new places. I love discovering new trails and beautiful places. It is a part of why I haven’t been able to live in one place for a long time. Our world is so big and filled with adventure; I want to see and do it all.

The Granite State Marathon is this weekend in Nashua. The Purple Ribbon 5k Run in Bow, NH is Sunday.

Next Thursday, May 18 is the 2017 Merrimack County Savings Bank Rock ‘N Race in downtown Concord. I’ll be signing up this week.

Many fun races this week. I’m going to get out there and run now. Go sign up and find new places to fall in love with.

Updated: Today’s run. It’s not seven but I did what I could.

Outdoor Products I love: Isotherm Jacket by The North Face

As part of the North Face Locals Ambassador program they send athletes a box of products to try each year. This year when I received it I was living in Colorado. It doesn’t rain as much as it does there as it does here in New Hampshire where I now live so I didn’t get much of chance to try rain hear. Now, I wear the Women’s Isotherm jacket almost every run and it’s my go-to running jacket to stay warm and dry.

Here’s me in my jacket in February when I ran a loop near Rye Beach.

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Running by the New Hampshire Coast in Feb. 2017

The jacket has always kept me dry and warm. I’ve been running in all kinds of weather: wind, rain, misty rain, rain and wind and earlier in March snow.

With all the rain and cold temperatures, I wear this jacket, a long sleeve shirt, running tights and I’m good for any distance. This morning, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 it is 32 degrees. I will be adding a beanie and gloves.

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I’m a bit biased when it comes to The North Face products because I’ve tried so many of their winter jackets, running tights, hats, vests and backpacks. The products have never let me down and I’m proud to be an ambassador.

Today’s run.

Weekend Recap – May 6 & 7, following the training plan

It rained a lot. Ha.

I’m still trying to get used to the constant rain.

My new running training plan continues to September 4 and the 53K race in Vermont. I hope to add more races during the next four months. I spent a few hours tonight looking at races including a marathon on Killington trails and a local 10 miler.

Saturday, I ran 6 trail miles in the Winant Trails area and Sunday I ran 4 road miles. I didn’t swim, bike or do yoga which will be included in following weekends. I’m including more core and stretching after running.

As part of the training plan there will be hiking – a lot of hiking. Hiking was a major component of my trail marathon training when I raced The North Face Endurance Challenge – Utah in Park City last fall. The race had a lot of climbing, and the hiking paid off.

This year with Jay Peak as my A race there must be long trail runs and long hikes.

Also, this weekend, I noticed the blackflies are out. UGH. I have not missed those buggers when I lived out west. Annoying!

I did get to see my nephew, Zeke play soccer. He’s such a star!

I’m looking forward to this week and getting more into a routine ­­­with increasing mileage and sticking to the training plan.

Here’s the 2017 race calendar so far. I’m sure I’ll be adding more:

Sunday, May 14, 2017 Dirty 5k Hanover NH
Saturday, June 10, 2017 Six in the Stix Series Newport, NH
Saturday, June 17, 2017 Trail Run Series West Windsor, VT
Saturday, June 24, 2017 Capital City 5K Road Run Concord, NH
Saturday, July 1, 2017 Trail Run Series Claremont, NH
Saturday, July 15, 2017 Trail Run Series Sunapee, NH
Saturday, July 22, 2017 Trail Run Series Hartford, VT
Saturday, August 5, 2017 Trail Run Series Hanover NH
Saturday, August 26, 2017 Trail Run Series
Sunday, September 3, 2017 Jay Peak Trail Weekend 33 miles Jay Peak
Saturday, September 9, 2017 Trail Run Series Lebanon, NH
Sunday, September 10, 2017 Pumkinman Tri / Relay Sprint Berwick, ME
Saturday, September 16, 2017 Seacoast Tri Sprint Wallis Sands, NH
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Trail Run Series Lebanon, NH
Sunday, October 1, 2017 Bretton Wood  Trail Run
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Seacoast Half Marathon Portsmouth, NH

Foot essentials: rain boot and compression socks

After living in Colorado and Arizona for the last 13 years I never needed rain boots.

After moving back to New Hampshire in February and several continuous days of rain it was time to buy rain boots.

I bought these LL Bean Wellies by chance at the LL Bean Outlet in North Hampton. With rain in the forecast for the next four days, they have become an essential.

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Walking home from work on Friday, May 5 – in the rain.

Speaking of taking care of your feet, after this morning’s run I remembered that I should wear my compression socks to aid recovery from the street pounding.

I’m a big fan of Smartwool. My socks are the Standup Graduated Compression Socks. I don’t wear them as much as I should so these I’ve had for about two years and still hold up; meaning they really help soreness.

I’m glad I put them on this morning, and wore them all day at work, because I don’t feel so sore tonight. I’m slowly building mileage for my A Race – Jay Peak Trail Running Festival in September. I’m signed up for the 53.1k Ultra. I’ve finished a 50K in February 2013 and had a DNF during a 50K in November 2014. I’m ready to try again.

This blog is about ultra running in New Hampshire although I’ll be racing around New England. I was signed up for a 50 Mile race in Arizona in March 2017 and deferred to 2018 so I have an even bigger race next year.

The reason I started this blog is to write about ultra running as I get older and to share tips and strategies for training and nutrition. I’m 46 and started running and racing triathlon over 10 years ago. It’s harder to recover now, yet I still have ambitious goals for racing and competition. Racing is a relative term: I’m not fast. I like competition and finishing races in new places. I rarely raced the same event twice.

Thank you for reading and please come back again.