The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned

The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned

We came to the start line at the Santa Monica Pier as 10 individual runners. 344 miles through city streets desert heat, and trails only lit by the stars and the moon, we were a family of runners intertwined and connected by this experience forever.

After I first watched a video of the first Speed Project race, I knew this was something I wanted to accomplish. I gravitated to this unsanctioned road race for it’s pure grit, the unknown, and the fact that it sounded so impossible and crazy. So when the call went out last fall to my Concrete Runners crew for willing participants to form a team, there was no doubt it in my mind I wouldn’t be a part of this. I blocked off my calendar and fit this into my finances without question. I knew how draining and exhausting the Hood to Coast 200-mile relay was, but I had no idea what I was about to get myself into by accepting a position on a 10 person team to relay-style-run our way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Continue reading “The Speed Project ###.0 | Lessons Learned”

New York City: Run Culture

New York City: Run Culture

Wow, first of all, I can’t believe it’s been a month since I ran the most epic race I’ve ever experienced! I still think back, look at photos, watch videos, and relive the moments that made the New York City Marathon so amazing. But aside from hosting the most amazing marathon races in the world, New York City has a pretty dope running culture and I was lucky enough to really check some cool events out while I was in town. Continue reading “New York City: Run Culture”

A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle

A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle

WOW. For those of you who have never ran or witnessed one of the greatest running events of the year that is the New York City Marathon (in my own opinion and I suspect others too, but I can’t be certain). Let me take this time to tell you a little bit about why this is probably the most epic race in the world. Continue reading “A Glimpse of 26.2 Miles Through the Concrete Jungle”

Lessons Learned on Course

Lessons Learned on Course

You know that saying “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll be among the stars”? Well, it’s been a few weeks since I crossed the finish line in Chicago and that quote has been something I’ve been thinking a lot about now that the rush of one marathon has settled and I start to reset my focus on the NYC marathon (and beyond) and think about my goals and expectations. Continue reading “Lessons Learned on Course”

Chicago Marathon Part 2: Breaking [personal] Records

Chicago Marathon Part 2: Breaking [personal] Records

It seriously took me about a week to come down from the runners high from the Chicago marathon. My legs are feeling back to normal and I am ready to start the short ramp up and re-taper for NYC! But first I wanted to recap the best race of my life!

Since I ran Chicago in 2014, I kind of knew what to except. I knew the expo was huge and exciting, I knew how flat the course actually was, and how the sidelines of the course is PACKED to the brim with spectators, but what I didn’t know was how well I would do in this race. A lot can happen in 2 years, especially since my training has never been so consistent and my body has never felt more prepared and healthy. Knowing all of this, I picked a safe time to start my race at and started with the 3:50 (8:45 min/mile) pace group. Continue reading “Chicago Marathon Part 2: Breaking [personal] Records”

Chicago Marathon Part 1: A Special Weekend with Nike

Chicago Marathon Part 1: A Special Weekend with Nike

Wow! This weekend was absolutely one for the books.

6 weeks ago I opened my Nike + Run Club app and found an invite to come run the Chicago Marathon with them. I clicked on it immediately and all it said was that I was in. The message was kind of vague and I didn’t quite grasp the fact that Nike was actually going to sponsor my entry into the sold out Chicago Marathon. It wasn’t until a few hours later when a Nike running expert from HQ called me to get my details and make sure I would be able to run with them on October 9th. WHAT!?!? Omg. Amazing, right?!? Continue reading “Chicago Marathon Part 1: A Special Weekend with Nike”

Sleepless in Oregon

Sleepless in Oregon

I honestly don’t know how to start this post. Since finishing my first relay race this past Saturday, the Hood to Coast relay, I have been thinking about how I could put the experience into words. I wanted the post to be as epic as the race, but as the dust settled, my legs recovered, and my sleep-cycle reset, I am realizing it’s actually not possible. I will, however, try to give you a few highlights of how our team of 12, team Sleepless In Oregon, worked together to run 199 miles, from the top of Mount Hood (a fricken active volcano!?!?) to the coast of Oregon, in just over 29 hours and 49 minutes. Continue reading “Sleepless in Oregon”