First place in my age group this morning at the Leesburg 5K! Goal attained! — This was a tough one, and my slowest 5K in a long time, but I’m still glad I did it. I think I went out too fast on the up hill mile, and then went into survival mode for the last two miles. — I was motivated by the desire to win my age group, and that enabled me to hold it together at the end. The last mile was downhill but it was slower than my first uphill mile! The heat and humidity were out in full force, but I rallied for a really fast finish uphill at the end (6:32 pace according to my Garmin). — It was a competitive field with speedsters @hbach22 and @ambertherunner showing up. I enjoyed getting to see them and catch up a bit. — My husband @gregclor killed the 20K race and set a new PR! I’m so proud of him and will be having some of his PR cake tonight. — A fun morning, a great workout, and now it’s time to celebrate. — 📷@youngrunnerphotos (she rocks!)
Hazy! Muggy! Foggy! Soupy! @gregclor captured the 100% humidity this morning in this photo. I’m not complaining because I’m healthy and able to run. I’m about 90% healed from my bike injury and it no longer hurts to run! Just a 30 minute shakeout run today with strides. — 5K race tomorrow will be a tough one. The course has a lot of turns and of course there’s the weather! But I love getting out there and seeing my friends in the running community. Tomorrow’s race is a really popular one. — Today I will be drinking plenty of water and hydrating with @genucan.
Is Instagram a highlight reel? Sure. And that’s totally ok. — I think of social media sharing as what you’d share in any social setting: a party, at work, on a group run. You’d focus on the highlights, typically the positive ones. This isn’t to say you would intentionally hide your personal struggles, but you probably wouldn’t share them to a large group. Social media has taken what we’d normally share to a group, and simply moved it online. — Social media is often criticized for making people feel bad about themselves, and I would argue that it’s not social media; it’s social norms. People will share positive things in their lives. I used to feel badly about myself when I hadn’t yet qualified for Boston, and my friends on social media were posting about their BQs. And I would stay off Facebook on the day of the Boston Marathon! I couldn’t bear to see all those posts about how wonderful Boston was. But then I learned not to compare myself to other people. It didn’t happen over night, but once I learned to focus on my own journey, I could truly be happy for the success of others. — Social media is a highlight reel, complete with face filters and advanced photo editing tools! People generally want to put their best selves forwards; it’s human nature. Nothing to criticize. I think we can blame social media for a lot (fake news, bullying), but we need to take personal responsibility for how those photo highlights make us feel.
This 100% humidity thing is killing me! I had a short workout this morning and it was probably all I could handle given how soupy the air was! — 4:00 at 6:35 pace 3:00 at 6:29 pace 2:00 at 6:15 pace 1:00 at 6:01 pace 1:00 at 6:09 pace — All with 2:00 recovery jogs in between. The first two reps were uphill by design. I felt strong and fit, and I enjoyed pushing hard. I’m not expecting greatness from my 5K this weekend in terms of speed, but I do think I’ll be able to run strong and confidently. — Going for a slower time doesn’t mean lowering the bar or lowering expectations. In fact, it can mean raising the bar because the focus becomes the effort level and the mental strength to run your best.
Love is in the air! ❤️ Celebrating 9 years of marriage with @gregclor today. — Happy to report that my hematoma pain has really decreased! It’s still noticeable but overall it’s not impacting me. The bruise is almost gone. One hour of easy running today, followed by strength training. — I also made a decision this morning to NOT run the 20K I am registered for on Sunday, based on the forecast. Even though it was just going to be a training run, I don’t think it’s wise for me to run that long in temperatures above 75 + high humidity. I’ll drop down to the 5K instead.
Transformation Tuesday! I have been working with coach @adlemoncello from @McMillanRunning for years now, and my 3:51 turned into a 3:15! 😀 — I often get asked if I coach other runners. I do not, and that’s why I only talk about what works for me— I don’t know what works for other people. We are all different! We have different levels of experience, of natural talent, and our bodies respond to training in different ways. — I often refer people to the McMillan Running Run Team. I am coached personally by them but if you aren’t ready to invest at that level, you can pay $25/month to access over 100 training plans across all distances: 5K to Ultra Marathon. — You can pick a plan that matches your level of experience, and that works with your strengths. Some plans are geared toward runners who are stronger with speed than endurance, and others are geared toward runners whose strength is endurance. — The McMillan Run Team also has strength training programs and videos that show you how to do the exercises. I’m currently doing “Marathon Legs” which is a 12-week plan. — You even get access to the FinalSurge app which has a calendar of whatever plan you chose. You can upload your running data to the app and track your training! Inside the app, you can ask questions that the McMillan coaching staff will answer personally. — The cost is $25/month and right now they are offering a free trial for 14 days. If you are serious about your running, I think it’s totally worth it. If you want to take it a step further and get a personal coach, I highly recommend the McMillan coaching staff. — Most importantly, the McMillan Running Company is committed to helping the Running community at large. Greg McMillan publishes hundreds of articles for public consumption and offers the Running Calculator for free. — Use code ECLOR when you sign up!