Falling Off the Training Wagon

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. Between spending five days in Oklahoma, and then coming home and taking over the local Orange Leaf, it has left little time for running. I am really frustrated by this, because when I chose my fall half marathon training plan, I was DETERMIND to stick with it. You see, I am not so great at following through with training plans and typically end up doing my own thing at some point along the way.

So you can imagine my frustration when I went to finally get in a good run yesterday, and I could only manage two miles because I pulled my back. Then, this morning I woke up sick with a cold. Seriously? I don’t think I have been sick since before I was pregnant! Bobby thinks I pushed too hard running around trying to work at the shop and then do my other two jobs at home + caring for the baby and the house, but eh, I’m not sure. Could just be coincidence. Either way, I’m sick. As in I want to rip my nose off my face because I can’t breathe, and I have chills and that all over icky feeling…so who knows when I will get back to running.

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It’s really tempting to just throw my hands up and say “forget about it, I’ve already blown this training cycle”, but I have big goals for myself, and I know that isn’t the proper attitude to have. So, this is what I plan to do to get back on the training wagon:

1.) Get well: I know I am no use to anyone while I am sick and/or injured, so I need to get better before I jump into my runs again and potentially prolong this cold. I know I need rest rest rest (I actually napped TWICE yesterday during Emma Kate’s naps), and even though it makes me feel unproductive and sluggish, I know it’s best for me right now.

2.) Rework my training schedule: Now that I have missed several runs, there is no way I can hold the paces I am supposed to run for long runs over the next couple of weeks with the speed level I am at right now. I may take a bit longer to reach my goals now, but that doesn’t mean I have to forget about them completely.

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3.) Run!: Once I have done #1 and #2, I plan to jump back into running, knowing that I am going to have to up my game a bit and run a few extra miles and push a little bit harder. I think a couple weeks of missing some runs is ok, but if I fall off the wagon for this long again during this training cycle, it would be hard to recover. So, even on days I really don’t think I have time, I have GOT to make time and just get it done.

That is my plan of attack, and hopefully it works well for me. Now, where are my tissues and chicken noodle soup?

QOTD: What do you do when you miss several runs during training?

Jeff Galloway Tips: Dealing with the Heat

Hey friends! These tips for dealing with the heat from Jeff Galloway could not have come at a better time! We are in the middle of a serious heat wave here in the south (our daily heat index has been around 107 with high humidity) and running has been difficult. Please enjoy these tips:

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Training through the summer can not only be grueling, but down right dangerous.  Here are some tips to train safely and as comfortable as possible in the hot summer months.

Slow down by 30 sec/mile (20 sec/km) for every 5F temperature increase above 55-60F ( every 2.5C above 14C)

When the temperature is over 70F (21C) you may take a 5 minute “cold shower break” every 25-30 minutes to keep cool.

Try to complete your run before the sun rises above the horizon.

More frequent walk breaks during hot weather can lower body temperature increase.  If you used to run 3 minutes between walk breaks, run only 90 seconds (walk 30 seconds) at 70F (21C) and at 80F (26C) drop to 60 sec run/30 sec walk or 30/30

When you start to heat up more than normal, take a longer walk in a mall or indoor AC building

Pick shady courses on hot days.

Don’t wear a hat!  Pour water over your head

Have an indoor alternative—treadmill, etc

Run in the deep end of the pool, using a flotation belt

QOTD: What is your best tip for running n hot weather?

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Tips for Running on the Beach

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days in Destin, Florida. Not only did I get excited about the sun, sand, and crashing waves….but I was stoked to have a new scenic place to run. Let’s face it friends, Jackson Mississippi isn’t exactly a “pretty’ place to run. No mountains, no beach, not many trails. This is why when I go on vacation or work travel, I try to take every opportunity to go for a run in my new surroundings.

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Below I have complied a few tips to help you make the most out of your ocean side run.

1.) Run on an even surface: There are a lot of slanted places at the beach, it hurts my ankles just walking on the slanted parts after awhile so I can’t imagine running like that! Sometimes, depending on the tide, this means I can run in packed sand right down by the water, and sometimes it means going up a bit further to find that flat land.

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2.) Wear Shoes: I know a lot of people will disagree with me on this one, and that’s ok. Personally though, getting a shell in my foot or stepping on a jellyfish barefoot do not sound like a good time. I especially recommend wearing shoes if you have arch or foot problems, running shoes for plantar fasciitis are still needed even when running on sand. I require a more stable shoe due to weak ankles and high arches so I most definitely need shoes on the beach!

3.) Keep your run short: It may be tempting to run forever in such a scenic place, but if you aren’t used to beach running, you will realize that you get sore and tired MUCH more quickly than usual. It’s a great calorie torching workout, but don’t overdo it.

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4.) Protect yourself from the sun: In Destin, the sugar white sandy beaches are beautiful, but boy does the sun reflect off of it! I am always careful to wear sunglasses, and depending on the time of day a hat as well. I also wear plenty of sunscreen when I run on the beach, even if it’s early in the morning. No one wants to be red for the rest of their trip!

5.) Body Glide your feet: One thing I quickly noticed while taking my running shoes out to say hello to the ocean was that sand. gets. everywhere. It’s inevitable, so to protect your feet from getting blisters, try wearing dri-fit socks and putting body glide on your feet to help with rubbing.

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Happy running and enjoy the view!

QOTD: Anything I left off? Do you ever run on the beach?

Blogging Tools: PicMonkey

Lately I have gotten a few questions regarding photos, especially for use on Pinterest and Instagram, to help bring traffic to your blog. Since I am not an amazing photographer, I need all the editing help I can get to make my images appealing.

I have been using PicMonkey: crazy-awesome photo editing
 for years, and have found it to be the easiest to use. It also has a ton of options (even in the free version!) and the paid version is not expensive ($2.75 a month!) Below is a walk through of some of my favorite features and how I edit my photos with PicMonkey and PicMonkey Royale (the paid version).

The first thing I want to note is that right now you can get 30 days of royale for FREE right now. Try it out, see how you like it, then decide if you want to continue to pay for the service.

Ok, so when you go to the home screen, this is what you will see:

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For editing a single picture, you are mostly going to be clicking the “edit” button here. After you pic the photo you want to edit, then it brings up the editing screen with loads of options:

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Here you can auto adjust, crop, rotate, resize, change the exposure, etc. For this photo, I decided to crop it a tiny bit and bump up the sharpness. You can then hit the little wand button on the left menu bar under the crop symbol, and a whole new list of effects opens up.

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I decided to use a royale feature called “urbane” to give my photo a nice cool look.

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The next button down (on the left menu bar) looks like a tube of lipstick. If you were to have a photo that includes people, this is where you would do touch ups such as airbrush, wrinkle remover, blush, lipstick, teeth whiten, eye shadow, etc. I rarely use this one except occasionally for red eye remover. It is fun to play around with

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So moving on from there is one I use a lot, text. There are so, SO many options here. Size, color, font, placement…you pretty much can do whatever you want here. Just for an example, below is something that might go on my photo.

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Next, are the overlays (on the menu it looks like a butterfly). Depending on what my photo is going to be used for, I will use my watermark here. There are also a ton of shapes and symbols here. This is also where you can add a block in, fade it some, and put text on top of it.

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The next button down on the left menu is a picture frame. Here you can add different borders to make your photo pop. For this one I just used a basic black and white museum matte frame.

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After frames, you will find the button for textures. I decided to add a fun light trail onto this photo for a whimsical look.

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The bottom of the menu contains themes (think seasons, holidays, etc.) and I don’t use these often. After you are done, simply save your photo to your computer and you are done! Below is my finished product:

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Please note this is just a quick walkthrough, and there are SO many more things you can do, and you can get way more intricate and detailed with your text, textures, and colorings. I am still learning myself, and have found the best way to figure it out is to just get in there and play with/edit a photo. I use PicMonkey: photo editing made of win  almost daily for my blog, Instagram, and Pinterest photos, and hope you found this post helpful for upping your game (remember, people may be more likely to click on your Pinterest photo if you have words on it explaining what it’s all about!) If you have any specific questions, I would be more than happy to try to answer them for you!

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QOTD: What photo editing program do you use?

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Tips for De-cluttering Your Home

About a week or so ago, I randomly came to the conclusion that we have too much stuff. The things we have aren’t particularly expensive or fancy…just…STUFF we have accumulated over the past 10 years of knowing each other. Also, we have been in our house almost a year now, and there are things still in boxes that I haven’t touched. I mean really, if I haven’t needed it in a year, there is a good chance it should be tossed anyway.

It’s kind of overwhelming when I think about purging things from my home, and to be honest, I have to be in a particular “mood” to get this done, if that even makes sense (hopefully someone knows what I’m talking about so I don’t feel crazy? Well, at least not crazy in this instance.)

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I decided to just do a little at a time as I felt like it, and start where I felt I could do the most damage…I hit up our bonus room and guest bedroom closets and just started pulling things out. I ended up with a couple of huge piles of things and I already feel better and cleaner. I wanted to share a few tips that I used to help me decide what stays and what goes.

What Stays and What Goes:

1.) Pick a room: Pick a room and focus on it until it’s completely done instead of hopping all around your house. This will help you feel more accomplished once you get a complete room done.

2.) Make multiple piles: I like to make a “donate”, “sell” and “maybe” pile as I sift through my stuff.  Sometimes I end up going through a room and will have a huge maybe pile of things I’m just not quite sure I want to part with. At the end of it after going through everything and having some time to think about the contents of the maybe pile, I can usually go back through and get rid of a large portion of it.

3.) Pick a price: I sell a lot of things locally on Facebook yard sale groups. My rule is if it’s going to sell for under $10, it gets donated. I am not going to sell an item and then spend an hour conversing back and forth with someone about a time and a location to meet, then wasting my gas and money to go meet someone in the Wal-Mart parking lot to sell a stapler for $2. I sell a lot of baby clothes to the local consignment shop so I don’t have to waste as much time handling it myself. Also, my parent shave a used bookstore by their house that you can trade in books for money to use in the store to buy other books. I love it, so I always send my mom books I don’t want so she can go get some different ones. Search around and see what you can find!

4.) Pick a good cause: If you do some searching, you will find lots of places that will take donated items that you may not have even thought of. Find somewhere you really want to help, and that you believe in. It may soften your heart and make you more willing to give up some of your possessions for those truly in need.

5.) Do the wear test with clothes: Turn all your hangers facing a certain way. Then, as you wear an outfit and hang it back in your closet, turn the hanger facing the other way. At the end of the season, anything with a hanger turned the first way (meaning you haven’t worn it all season) pull out of your closet and sell or donate.

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6.) Get rid of multiples: Yes you may need more than one ink pen in your house, but do you REALLY need 50? (guilty.) Do you have 5 of the exact same sized pot? Are you really going to be using those pots all at once to cook, wanna-be Martha Stewart? Consider maybe keeping 2. What about your cups/water bottles/glassware? Yall, I had so many water bottles before we moved last time, it was a sin. I got rid of about 10 and still have too many. I do dishes constantly, so it’s not like I run out of clean ones. GO through your house, especially your kitchen, and consider ditching things you have multiples of.

7.) Get a file cabinet: If you don’t have one already, get one. Yes you, the one with five different stacks of mail, magazines and papers you don’t know what to do with sitting on your kitchen counter. Sit by your file cabinet with a trash can, and make folders for bills, receipts and other important paperwork, and trash anything you will never read again (or won’t read once!)

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8.) Clean out that pantry: When we moved a year ago, I was embarrassed at some of the things I found in my pantry that had been expired for a YEAR. a year yall…just let that sink in. The truth is we probably all have food in our pantry that is expired, we didn’t like and never threw out, or we just plain forgot about. Clean out your pantry and stop hiding things in layers behind each other so you can SEE everything in there. The same rule goes for your medicine cabinet. Get rid of expired meds and get a basket for each person in your house to put their medicine in so it’s easy to grab when needed.

9.) Buy some bins: You know those big storage bins with lids? We have a bunch of them in our attic. I prefer the clear ones so I can see the contents, but any will do. Anything in my house that I want to keep but I haven’t necessarily used in the past year like photo albums, keepsakes, etc. go into the bins and into the attic so they don’t junk up the rest of the house. You can even keep an inventory sheet of what is in each container in case you forget or are looking for something. (Keep the sheet in your file cabinet, NOT on your kitchen counter. Smile)

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10.) Get rid of excess toys: Kids rooms can quickly become a breeding ground for toys. I don’t know where they come from…they just kind of…appear… I think a great rule (and this is one we plan to implement when Emma Kate is older) is that when it is Christmas or birthday time, she has to get rid of a few toys before she can get more. It makes sense really, because a lot of the things they were playing with last Christmas they will have outgrown or will be too “babyish” the next year. If you are saving toys for a younger sibling, put them in a bin in the attic, and get them out of your child’s room. Less mess for mom and dad to have to “help” clean up when there aren’t as many toys to make a mess with! I would involve your kids in this and not just take toys form their room if they are old enough to understand. If you are donating, explain that there are other kids who don’t have toys that would so enjoy the ones that they don’t even play with anymore. A great learning experience and lesson on giving!

QOTD: What is your best tip for de-cluttering your house? Ok I’m off to put some of my tips into practice!

Summer Workouts

Now that it is summer and getting unbearably hot outside here in Mississippi, my workout routine has changed quite a bit. I plan to talk about my results a little more in my body after baby 9 month post coming up in a couple weeks, but I am definitely seeing some results and doing things a lot differently.

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I have always struggled to run in the heat. Just because you live in the south doesn’t mean running in 100 degrees with 99% humidity gets any easier, you just learn to accept that it’s just the way it is. I can remember being a small child at field day at the end of the school year and getting horrible headaches from running around in the heat (and no I’m not dehydrated). Anyway, summers have always been tough for me because I am not great at getting my butt to the gym, and would prefer to workout at home on my own time. Also, I like to keep a base of 5-6 miles in the summer (ok, 6 is pushing it, I typically cap out at 5).

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So humid my sweat refuses to evaporate!

So, these facts coupled with the undeniable truth that I have been struggling to lose the last 5 pounds of baby weight led me to make some changes in my routine (I will save the eating side of things for my body after baby post). From mid December-March, I was marathon training, so I was running all the miles and eating all the foods. This got me through my race, but it didn’t do great things for my waistline. I knew something needed to change, so here is what I am now doing as far as workouts go (not food changes):

1.) Running less: Gasp! I know right? A distance runner running less, what is wrong in the universe! I know, I know. Like I said…it’s hot here. Even at 6:30 in the morning and 8:00 at night. I was getting terrible headaches and getting very frustrated in general, so I decided to cut my runs to 2-3 days a week, and my max mileage has been 5 miles at a time, and I am only doing that every 2-3 weeks with my other runs being 2-3 miles.

2.) More short, HITT and other cardio workouts: I have been randomly finding workouts on Youtube that I can do in my living room…in the air-condition. Most are between 10-20 minutes long, so I can fit them in easily during the day. My poor body is sore the next day from just those few minutes!

3.) More strength workouts: In addition to the HITT workouts I have been finding, I have also found short strength routines that target things like arms, legs, or abs. I pick one at random and do them at home as well. I have 10 pound dumb bells and an active motion bar, as well as a yoga mat. Pretty much all I have needed so far.

4.) More Walking/resting: I used to take one day off a week, but instead of that I am now taking two days off, once day of complete rest and another of active rest. I have been going for a lot of walks either at home with the dog, or early in the morning at the park with the baby. It’s a great way to get some steps in but at a more leisurely stress free pace. It mixes things up and keeps my body guessing, and it’s working for me for now.

5.) More sleep: This is a big one. When I am tired the first thing that I tend to cut out in favor of more sleep is my workout (well, I can’t really cut out work or cooking or taking care of the wee one now can I?) It isn’t always fun to go to bed at 9:00 (one day last week it was 8:45!) but even if Emma Kate wakes up at 5:45, I am still well rested enough to not skip that workout, and I just feel so much better in general.

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I know these things kind of sound like a no brainer, but for me it was actually putting them all together with some eating changes that have made the difference for me. I have only been doing this for about 3 weeks, but I can already see a difference not only physically, but in my mood and ability to get other tasks done during the day without feeling so tired. I realized I was killing myself trying to run for countless hours and doing sssooo much steady cardio with minimal results. I can’t wait to share what else I’m doing in my body after baby update! Stay tuned!

QOTD: What has been the best approach for you in the summer months when it comes to your fitness?

Packing for a Walt Disney World Trip

It’s no secret that I love traveling to Disney destinations. There is a lot of planning work involved (which is what I do for a living of course), but there is also a lot of packing involved. The climate in Florida can make packing a challenge, and depending on what you plan to do on your visit to central Florida your list may look a little different than mine. I did however want to put together a basic list of things to think about packing. I do NOT go into super great detail as far as kid and baby items because that can differ so greatly depending on the age of your kids, but hopefully this list will help get you started and think of a few things you had not thought of before.

I have broken my list down into two parts, one for items you may need in the parks, and another for items for the resort/your hotel stay. Happy packing!

For the Parks:

  • Backpack —> The easiest way to carry everything
  • Camera/charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen —> LOTS, and reapply!
  • Ponchos —-> For pop up showers + rides you may get wet on.
  • Water bottle —–> There are fountains in the park to refill a bottle
  • Hat/visor
  • Walking shoes —-> COMFY shoes!
  • Comfy clothes
  • Jacket —-> Even if it’s hot outside, the A/C will be blasting inside!
  • Snacks —> You may bring food into the parks, but no glass.
  • Hand sanitizer —-> bathe in it.

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For the Resort:

  • Phone/charger
  • Makeup
  • Toiletries —-> No hairdryer needed
  • Nicer clothes —-> For nicer dinners out
  • Swimsuit
  • Running clothes —-> for dorks like me
  • Ziplock bags —> for snacks, random loose items, etc.
  • Extra bag —-> to use as carry on you can fill with souvenirs
  • Book/magazine —-> for at the pool/on the plane
  • Garbage bag for dirty clothes —> Easiest way to transport home.
  • Toys for kids/keep busy
  • Lysol —–> We spray down the room, doorknobs, TV remote, etc.

Don’t forget, I am a Disney travel planner and would love to book your next Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise vacation for you! Email heather@travelwiththemagic.com for details.

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QOTD: What would you add to this list? Get to packing for a Disney Trip!

Track Workouts

This post is a follow up to park one: Running track etiquette. Be sure to check that post out after you read this one!

Track workouts are not meant to be super long. As a distance runner, it’s tempting at the end of a workout that only carried you for 2.5 miles to say “I didn’t run far enough!” But remember, you are running a different kind of workout, and not everything has to be a long run to be helpful!

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Before any track workout you should warm up. I typically run 3-4 laps around the track. All of my track workouts are between 2 and 3 miles not counting warm up/cool down. After I complete my workout, I cool down with a slow jog for 1-2 laps then walk a lap.

I also recommending running a one mile time trial. You can use online pace calculators based off of your one mile time to help you know what paces you should run for other track workouts you may find.

A few things to keep in mind: a 400 is one lap around the track. Four laps equals one mile, so an 800 is two laps around the track, or 1/2 mile. If a workout calls for “3 x’s 800” that means you are running around the track two times for each of your three intervals.   Be sure to take your GPS watch with you so you can make sure you are hitting the paces you want for each interval. I also bring a water bottle and towel with me to the track.

My 4 favorite track workouts:

Yasso 800’s : Named after Bart Yasso, this is a killer workout for marathon training. Take your marathon goal time and convert the hours and minutes to minutes and seconds. For instance, if your goal is 4:45, your 800m pace (two laps) is 4 min and 45 sec. Complete a series of 3-4 of these 800’s then slowly build up until you can do up to 10 (that’s a lot, I have never done more than 4, but I don’t train for marathons often). Rest for 3-4 minutes in between each interval (slow jog).

Ladder: At your 5K race pace per mile, run 400m, 800m, 1,200m, (one lap, two laps, three laps) 800m, 400m. (two laps, one lap) Rest for 1-3 minutes between intervals. It’s better to keep a slow jog as your “rest” as opposed to standing still or walking.

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Walk the curves, run the straightaways: This one is pretty self explanatory, but is a great way to work on bursts of speed and to keep things from getting boring. As a former 100 meter dash runner, I love this workout! Start on one of the starting lines, and spring for 100 meters, then walk the next 100 (the curve) as a recovery until you get to the next straightaway. I try to complete 4-8 laps around the track. I know 1.5 miles doesn’t seem like a lot but if you are all out sprinting, trust me, your legs will be jello at the end!

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Cruise intervals: There is a great article about cruise intervals that explains your running threshold and lactic acid build up. The point of the cruise interval is not to get to where you can constantly run it faster, but to be able to run it at a certain pace and have the interval get easier/require less effort each time. It can be tempting to run as fast as you possibly can but that defeats the purpose of this workout. I run my cruise intervals at a little bit faster than my half marathon pace per mile. The key in this workout is the recovery period. Jog slowly during it, but keep it between 1-2 minutes and resist the urge to go too fast! This workout is deliberately kept at a slower pace. I do one mile cruise intervals but you can also do shorter ones as well. I complete 3 of these with 2 minute recovery jogs in between.

If you have any questions I am happy to try to answer them!

QOTD: What is your favorite track workout?

Running Track Etiquette

Since I have been running on the track more and posting track photos, I have had more than one person ask me questions about the etiquette of running at a track. I thought I would break things up into two posts, one about basic track etiquette/running, and the other about some of my favorite track/speed workouts.

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Distances: One lap around the track is 400 meters. Four laps around the track is one mile. When you hear terms such as “I ran 3 x’s 800” that means the person ran two laps around the track (800m) three times, for a total of 1.5 miles, or 6 laps.

Direction and lines: Unless stated otherwise, you should run in a counterclockwise direction around the track. You will see a lot of different markings and lines around the oval. First you will see a number in each lane for all 8 lanes, usually with some arrows. You may see a waterfall start (where the lane line for lane 2 is up a little further than lane 1, and lane 3 further than 2 and so forth.) That is because the people running in the outer lanes such as lanes 7 and 8 have much wider turns, and are covering more distance than lane one, so they start further up the track. As you run around the track you will see markings at each 100 meters. You will also see other little lines and arrows, don’t worry about those. They are exchange zones for when doing relay races.

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Availability: I run at the local high school, and I called ahead to see when the best time for us to run would be. The receptionist told us mornings are best, and that there are certain evenings that are best because track clubs and school groups (when in session) use the track in the late afternoons, and it can be kind of crowded. However, I have run on the track when there is a lot going on and never had a problem. For instance, yesterday morning the football team was practicing on the infield and there were a couple of other runners sharing lanes with me. You may also want to ask about bathrooms. I know the facilities at our local track are locked in the summer, so I make sure to go before I leave the house.

Lane usage: This one really depends. If there is no one else on the track, I will use lanes one and two. However, if there are other people I stick to the middle or outer lanes to allow super fast runners and people doing speed work to have lane one. Just make sure if you start in an outer lane you use the waterfall start and start up where the number of that lane is, otherwise you will be running longer than 400 meters to go once around the track! (I really hope that makes sense, if it doesn’t please let me know and I will try to think of a better way to explain.)

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In the above photo of me running, you will see I am in lane one, just behind the number one. If I was to start running a 400 (one lap) in lane one, I would start right at the little line above the number one. You can see how the number go up the track as the lanes go out. If you start in a further up lane you would finish where the lane one line is, not go all the way up to where the line is in the lane you started in.

Etiquette: You should pass someone on the right if you are both in lane one. As to not scare someone I say something like “on your right” or “coming up behind you”. If you hear someone yell “track!” look around you, because someone may be able to come barreling through in your lane and they want you to move over! This is why I typically stick to the middle or outer lanes unless I am the only one using the track. It is one of the reasons you should be mindful of wearing headphones to a track as well. Either don’t use them or keep one earpiece out for everyone’s safety.

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Be aware of your surroundings, like a random hurdle in lane 3.

Also be careful to never step onto a track without looking. Someone could be sprinting in lane one and you could walk right into them. Another thing to remember is if you are say running a 400, don’t just stop completely as you cross the finish or change lanes/walk off the track at the finish without looking. Someone else could be coming through the line and you walk right into their lane. I always do my cool down and warm up in an outside lane just to be safe and sure I am out of other people’s way.

I know this sounds like a lot of information and kind of intimidating, but once you get out there and just DO IT you will realize that you are just fine! It takes practice just like everything else, but do not be afraid to workout at your local track! It’s a shared, big enough space that many people can enjoy it at the same time. Please let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help answer the best I can.

QOTD: Do you run at a local track? Speed work somewhere else?

Gear for Race Day

I have had several people ask me what they should bring to or run with at a shorter distance local race. I have done packing lists for destination races but don’t think I have done anything about local or shorter distance races, so I wanted to share some gear for race day that I use.

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I feel like as the years go by I carry less and less with me when I race. Also keep in mind that things change depending on weather, so for the purpose of this let’s assume it’s not freezing cold and it’s not raining. I am breaking this into three parts: things I do the night before, things I bring to the race, and then things I actually carry with me when I run a local 5k or 10k.

The night before:

I like my sleep, so laying everything out the night before helps make race morning go way more smoothly. I put out the proper clothing/socks/shoes that I plan to wear based on the weather forecast, and make sure my GPS watch is fully charged.

Also, be sure you do your research on the race course. For instance, if they have adequate water stops, you shouldn’t have to carry your own for a 5k or 10k.

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Bring to the race:

I have a mesh drawstring bag that I bring in the car with me to the race. It’s easy for me to just throw everything in there and not have it thrown all over my car. (I also keep safety pins in the zippered pouch just in case). As you can see in the photo below, these are items that pretty much stay in my bag at all times.

race day gear

  • KT tape
  • GPS watch
  • – hand towel
  • – sunscreen
  • – some form of fuel (clif shot, GU, etc)
  • – Yurbuds
  • BIC band and/or visor (love ASICS visors!)
  • – friction defense like Gold Bond
  • Shower Pill body wipe
  • -Photo ID for packet pickup

Carry while racing:

Things that I ACTUALLY take with me on my run, well that is a much shorter list.

  • – GU/Clif shot if it’s a 10k or longer
  • – headphones/Yurbuds
  • -GPS watch
  • – phone
  • -tissue if it’s windy or chilly
  • -sunglasses/headband/visor

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If I am at a big race that has a post race party after that I want to hang out at, I will sometimes bring a change of clothes and shoes or a jacket depending on the weather and if there is a bag check or easy access to my car. Also I may bring a water bottle or bottle of Gatorade with me in my car in case I am extra thirsty on my way home, or I want something to sip on when I am driving to the race.

Be sure not to overthink things and end up looking like a pack mule. Learn from your past experiences and don’t bring unnecessary things with you. If you didn’t train with it, then you don’t need it on race day! Above all else have fun and enjoy your race.

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QOTD: What gear for race day must you have?