To say this week was amazing, would be an understatement.
Right now I am in a good place. Honestly, life is really great. Taking a step back and not thinking I have to do “all the things” and letting go of things in my life that were not serving me properly has given me time to really enjoy what I choose to participate in. I have spent a lot of time in the past few weeks learning more about trail runners, cool places to hike, and digging into this new running community.
My week began with a pleasant surprise, that I am so pumped about. One of the challenges to moving to a new city is to make friends and create a community for yourself. A big part of my social life in Chicago, was being immersed in the running community and to be honest, I miss that. For that reason, I have used every opportunity I can here in LA to test the waters of various run clubs and neighborhood workouts to find the place that connects with me. One of the biggest connections I have made is with the Oiselle flock in SoCal. For those of you that don’t know, Oiselle is a women’s running brand of clothing. What some may not realize is the incredible community of runners this brand facilitates which is actually more like a sisterhood, called the Oiselle volee. I have had the opportunity to attend a few of the area meet-ups and have made friendships with so many from this group of women in the Southern California area. I was excited when earlier this week I was asked to be a team leader for the Oiselle in the LA area. With this responsibility I coordinate meet ups for our runners, in an effort create a support system and empower our LA women. I am very grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to dig in next weekend for our first meet up!
Last week I mentioned I was going on another running adventure with Nuun Hydration, and this one couldn’t have come at a better time. Thursday, I headed to Tahoe, California with a group of 15 other runners to participate in the Ragnar trail relay race. At this event, our two teams of 8 runners ran approx. 130 miles in 24 hours, with each person having 3 legs of running (a total of 16.20 miles). There are way to many details of the trip to include in this blog post, but I will share my experience on my event recap later this week. Check back for the scoop on how we explored, camped, bonded and trail ran our way through some pretty cool trails in Tahoe.
This week’s workout included:
Random thoughts from this week's training:
-During my cross training I need to focus on building strength and stability in lower body. When running downhill or on a technical path (where there are obstacles such as sandy dirt, large rocks, branches, etc) strength in the core, quads and glutes are so important to prevent falling or rolling an ankle. My coach has given me intervals to include in my training, which include weighted squats & lunges (multiple varieties), bridges, and deadlifts. Strength training and agility drills will make me stronger and hopefully give me more confident on running the more technical trails. Running the relay this weekend, I could tell how much I will benefit once I have a bit more strength under my belt. I was surprised with how well I recovered from all the running this weekend, but I know I need to train smart in order to keep that going and get faster.
-I completely forgot how amazing running at night is. Not only are the temperatures cooler, but it requires a more focused running. I think this need stay focused on the few steps ahead of you (because you can’t see any further than your headlamp will allow), actually takes away a bit of the dread of the hard run. For me this can make the run more enjoyable.
I know this sounds a bit cliché , but try something you are afraid of. You might come out of it a lot stronger, and with an awesome experience.
Getting out to meet new people, especially runners can be intimidating. It’s amazing though how finding the right running community for you, can make a difference in your life and your attitude toward running.
When I signed up for the trail relay, I knew I wanted to experience another event with Nuun Hydration, but I also had some fear that I wouldn’t be quite ready to handle 16 miles of trail running in 24 hours. (especially at high altitude). I didn’t want to be the runner that dragged my team down, or get so exhausted that it would affect my training the following week. I am so happy I didn’t listen to that little voice it my head, because this week of running was one that has reset my tone, and ignited my love of the running community.
Stay tuned, later this week for my trail relay race recap. I absolutely loved everything about it and was so inspired by the magic of Tahoe, I hope it entices you to get out and explore the trails in your area.