It’s in there, somewhere 

This week has been one of those weeks where I haven’t been able to run much – and right now running “much” is 15-20 miles. I ran just over 11 miles this week, including the 5k I ran tonight. Which is okay, because I am not training for anything yet, but I will be in about 3 weeks. Tonight I planned on an easy 30 minutes or 3 miles, I couldn’t decide which. About 1 mile into my run I decided to pick it up and hold an 8:00 – 8:30 pace and run a 5k. Right now, running that pace isn’t very easy for me. It is doable, but it is definitely work. The funny thing is, once I decided to run that pace for the next 2 miles I thought, “Shit, can I do this?” The answer was, yes I can, but it didn’t stop me from overthinking this run and my upcoming training.

Fast & fun run this evening! 

On June 5th I start training for the Fab 40s 5k (and Blood, Sweat & Beers…which I signed up for without realizing this race is 6 days before my 5k). I am aiming for a 22 – 21:00 5k, which is a 7:06 – 6:46 pace, and that scares me.  I can hold a 7:10 pace for a 5k, I’ve done it, but the work to get there and the idea of a running that pace again is really scary. Back when I first started running, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know what was a good pace for me, I was just setting goals and going for it. Now that I’ve been there, done that – I know how hard it will be. It was almost better to not know what I was getting myself into because now that it has been so long since I’ve raced, I can definitely see me talking myself out of my goal finish time. Which is almost what I did last weekend.

Last weekend I ran the Fair Oaks Chicken Run. It is a 5 mile race with some pretty intense hills. I have only run this race once and that was 3 years ago when training was going quite well – I finished in 42:45. This year my goal was 45 minutes; knowing I haven’t been training for a race, but running hills regularly and keeping a decent base (maybe even less than decent), but also strength training (which has been going great since being back at BodyTribe) I thought 45 was doable. Then we got to the race and I started doubting myself BIG time. I was really nervous and thought I’d have to walk and it would take me at least 50 minutes to finish. I felt like I wanted to throw up and I even started to consider not running. Of course my bf told me I was being ridiculous and I would do great. So with the race about to start I lined up close to the start line, hoping I could get in before 45 minutes. The race was hot, the hills were tough but I ran up every single one and finished in 44:42, just under what my goal was, and I even placed 2nd in my age group. The moral of this story is, you are capable of so much more than you think. This is something I’ve found to be true over and over. I am always surprising myself at what I can accomplish.

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So I know, somewhere inside of me, is a really strong person and I know I can reach my goals. It’s just a matter of believing in myself and a lot of hard work. Which I am so ready for!

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Training views ❤

 

 

Being a Female Runner

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To the males out there that feel they need to yell at me when I run by – I am not your baby. No, you can’t run with me. Don’t worry about where I am running and don’t be surprised if you get a big “FUCK YOU” from me if you say something inappropriate.

If I run 3 days a week, I can almost guarantee I will be yelled at 2 of those three runs. Today was one of those runs. I had a man stare at me the whole time he drove by, so I flipped him off. Then I had someone yelling at me, “Get it baby” – which is definitely not the worst I have heard but I’m not your baby. My own boyfriend doesn’t even call me that, so who the fuck are you to watch me as I run by and tell me to “get it”, or tell me that I look good, ask if you can run with me, or ask why I am running away…leave me alone. I am running for me. Not for you. You don’t need to put in your two cents about me doing an activity that I love.

What people may not understand, is that as a female runner, I have to think about my runs in a different way than perhaps a man would. I need to plan my route in an area that will have other runners, I don’t run the same route too often and I won’t go to certain areas depending on the time of day. I carry pepper spray on me in case something happens. I share my location on my phone with my boyfriend in case something happens. And if something were to happen, I am sure there is something that I should have done to stay safe. Which is bullshit. I shouldn’t have to do anything to stay safe – except maybe look both ways before crossing the street. For example, one of my last runs in San Diego I was running towards a man that was licking his lips and whistling to me as I was running towards him. I almost crossed the street but decided to hold my ground. As I got closer to him I yelled, “What the fuck are you looking at?!” and he got very aggressive took a few steps towards me and yelled, “What the fuck are you looking at you fucking hoe! Stupid fucking bitch!” As I ran off the curb and sped up I threw my hands in the air to say “I don’t know” and he yelled “Keep running you fucking whore!” As I got further away and my heart rate settled, I thought, maybe I should shut up next time. I have never had anyone try and get close to me like that when I ran by and it really shook me up. But I won’t shut up next time. It is not okay for someone to objectify me, or anyone for that matter.

With women’s running being more popular than ever, this shit needs to change. But what to we do about it? I think sharing our stories is step one. Runner’s World did a survey and wrote a special report about women being harassed while running; which is a great way to bring awareness to the problem but like I said, where do we go from here? I’m still only on step one and open to ideas.

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Training Plans

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my training lately. Working for the SRA, being back in Sacramento & running my old routes has me wanting to find a race ASAP and start training! Training to race is so different from running just to run, and while both have their benefits it has been SO LONG since I’ve raced. I am dying to get back out on the American River Parkway for my training runs. There really is no place like home.

So the plan was to start training next month for the Women’s Fitness Festival in June. I am getting back into racing by taking it easy and training for a 5k. And by easy I mean less miles than training for a half or full marathon – I have big goals for my 5k and I know it won’t be easy. However, the other week I learned that my trainer is putting together a mock power lifting meet in late May. Before I moved to SD in I had goals to train for a powerlifting meet, but because I moved I didn’t get the chance. Now I’m back, and another place that feels like home to me is BodyTribe – and I’ve been SO happy to be back there. Yes, I still have my garage gym but there is nothing like working out with my Tribe. So when I heard that we will be having a mock meet I decided to put my running goals on hold until after the meet.

I’ve never trained for a powerlifting meet before so I am really looking forward to my new routine. Today was deadlifts! I am pretty confident with the basics since I’ve been training with Allyson for about 2 years (minus my time in SD) but I am really looking forward to learning more about actually training for a meet. I learned about contrast training last week while working on squats – I was squatting 100lbs and doing heavy walkouts at 200lbs. Feeling the difference of 100lbs on your back is crazy! And really fun. Everyone should try it, in my opinion 😉

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Obviously I won’t be training to race while I’m training as a powerlifter. So after the mock meet I’ll start training for a 5k (Fab 40’s 5k) and after that I have a half marathon (Rock ‘N’ Roll San Jose). I’m really looking forward to both races because I have chosen training plans that I think I’ll do quite well with. The 5k plan is a Hal Higdon plan that reminds me a lot of my half training plan, which is from Hansons. I’ve used a lot of different training plans, and have had a few personalized ones as well. The year I used Hansons (2014) was when I set all my PRs and was most confident in my running. Things kinda went downhill at the end of 2015 and 2016 sucked all around so I am looking forward to getting back to a plan that I know I do well with. Oh, and I still need to get out to those Bay Area trails – I know it is only the second day of Spring but I feel like it is going to be Summer soon, then Fall, then Winter and before you know it the year is over and I won’t have run as many trails as I wanted cause my plans are for road races. The problems of a runner…I think I’ll probably do some of my weekend runs out on the trails. I feel like it won’t hurt to hit the trails every once in a while and it will probably make me a stronger runner.

For now I am focused on lifting so stay tuned for that. Actually, I just realized I have no goals set for the meet. I suppose I’ll have to start talking to my trainer about that since I’m a newbie to this. Oh, and in case you’re interested in other aspects of my training I finally started yoga again since I have my garage gym back! And since we’re all moved into our home I started meditating again as well. If you haven’t incorporated yoga and meditation into your training I highly recommend it. Running, lifting, yoga & meditation helps to keep me balanced. These days I need that self care more and more.

UV Reflective Half BUFF – A Review

Disclaimer: I received the UV Reflective Half BUFF® to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Since becoming a BRP and being introduced to BUFF® I have become a huge fan. The BUFF® is versatile, easy to pack (think hiking, camping, running trips) and comes in fun colors/patters. Most recenlty I had the opportunity to test out their reflective BUFF®. I am a major proponent of runners wearing reflective gear, bright colors and lights while running in the dark. The reflective UV Reflective Half BUFF® does 2 out of 3 of those things so I feel pretty confident that I’ll be seen during my runs – which is the number one thing I like about this BUFF®.

Here are the details of the UV Half BUFF® from their website:

Half the length of original UV BUFF® headwear, the UV Reflective Half BUFF® option offers efficient thermal properties, built-in sun protection, moisture management and reflective strips that are ideal for runners. Able to dry quickly and control odor, this sweat-wicking layer fits easily under a helmet. It’s a versatile, go anywhere piece wearable at least nine different ways.

  • Blocks 95% of UV rays*
  • Reflective strips
  • Multifunctional
  • Exceptional Moisture-wicking with its 4-channel fibers
  • Soft, breathable Coolmax® Extreme fabric
  • Cool in the summer, extra layer of warmth in the winter
  • Polygiene® Active Odor Control
  • Quick drying

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Versatile
  • Soft (I tend to get a really runny nose when I run and I like wearing my BUFF®on my wrist to wipe my nose. TMI but it doesn’t irritate my nose when I use it!)
  • Size – I prefer the half BUFF® to the full
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • None (in my opinion)

My favorite ways to wear my BUFF® are around my wrist (as mentioned earlier, I like to use it for my runny nose), wearing it as a head band; I also wear it like this but with my hat on when it is cold out. It keeps my ears nice and warm, and finally I like to wear it around my neck. I will wear it like this when it is cold or hot out – like I said it is super versatile.

How do you like to wear your BUFF®?

You can check out my fellow BRPs reviews here:

If I Just Breathe

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Everything But Weddings

Fun Size Athlete

Frankly Running

2017 Race Goals 

When I was asked recently about my running goals for 2017 I realized I hadn’t really thought about it. 2016  actually 2015 until now has been a bit stressful. If I want to be more specific I would say September 2015 – January 2017 has been stressful. Moving and leaving a good job, leaving friends and family, working 5 part time jobs and still not making a lot of money has been the source of most of my stress. Although, this move allowed us to live in San Diego for over a year, I started a cat behavior consulting business (mycatfriend.com), I met some great people here, and my BF has a job where he has gained new skills and experience in his field – so not everything has been bad. But with so much going on running and racing wasn’t a top priority for me.

I always log my workouts – running, strength training,  yoga, and PT just to I know where I’ve been and where I can improve. I recenlty got a new Believe Training Journal because I do want to focus on improving this year. I want to get back to racing. The first Believe Training Journal I got was back in 2015; it was the original journal which was 12 months, had goal pages, info on nutrition, different types of runs, etc. I really liked it but since I have not truly trained for a race (not just train to be able to run a race, but to actually race it) in over a year I chose their newer log book. It is only 6 months, still has goal setting pages and is perfect for what I need at the moment – short term goals. Every 4 weeks they have a few blank pages for you to reflect on how the month went and what your next steps are. Here are my next steps:

Had I known I was going to post a picture of my journal my handwriting would have been better 😉 So going in to February I am focusing on:

  1. Getting stronger & injury prevention/healing
  2. Once I get back to a regular running routine I want to mainly focus on 5k – 10k, and throw a few half marathons in there
  3. I have no plans on running a marathon this year

Yep, no marathons will be run in 2017. This was a hard thing for me to accept at first. Especially since I was going to run the LA Marathon for the Kitten Rescue. I love LA and was so excited to run that race, but most of all I feel like I let the Kitten Rescue down. But I am injured, I haven’t run more than 13 miles in a week since December and running a marathon like this would just be stupid. However, I am still accepting donations for them – I made a commitment to do so and I want to stick to that since I can’t run for their team (if you’d like to donate please do so here, Team Kitten Rescue).

No marathons in 2017 also means no CIM. What – whaaaat?!

  Yep, but the funny thing is I am okay with that. The California International Marathon was my first marathon experience, and I have run it every year since I started running. Yes it will be weird to not run it, and on race day I will probably be a little sad but I will still be a part of the race. BIG announcement: I will be working for the Sacramento Running Association! If you don’t know, they put on the CIM. I met with SRA’s Executive Director last month while I was in town and he asked me how I felt about not being able to run the CIM. It was definitely something I had previously thought about and if this was 2 or 3 years ago I don’t think I would be okay with it. But I look at it like this: I have run this race 5 times, I love the CIM, the Sacramento running community and what the Sacramento Running Association does for their community. For me to be a part of the team that does so much for the running community that I love and call home means more to me than I can put into words. To be a part of the California International Marathon on the back end will be really amazing.

So back to race goals for 2017. I’m starting small and taking it slow.  I’d love to race a 5k, maybe mid Spring or early Summer – it kinda all depends on how quickly we can get my hamstring issues fixed. I’d like to get to a 20 minute 5k and even a sub 20 (my current 5k PR is 22:20ish) so I know it can be done. You know what is funny? This time, even thinking about training for my 5k goal I am a little scared. Because I know what to expect and I know how hard it will be. When I first started running I didn’t know anything so I didn’t know what to be scared of. Instead of being scared I am trying to happy – because I also know how happy it makes to race. I seriously miss that runner’s high! I also know that it will be worth all the hard work – as with most things in life.

See you soon Sacramento!!

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Legend Compression Wear – New Ambassadorship!

Woohoo! I have been selected to represent Legend Compression! When I started running over 5 years ago and started reading running blogs I thought it was so cool that people got to represent, promote and review running brands. I had no idea that was a thing or how to be a part of it. Fast forward to 2017 and I have been lucky enough to have represented many brands – from races to clothing. Most recenlty, as being a part of the BibRave Pro team I got to test out and review a pair of compression performance socks (you can read that review here). I LOVE the socks and Legend Compression as a brand so when the opportunity came up to be an ambassador for them I filled out the application. Last month they reached out to me and let me know they would like to have me on their team.

I am always honored to be chosen to represent a brand I like and wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t truly believe in the brand and product. This post won’t have info much on the socks, this isn’t a review – you can read that in the link provided above – but rather a little announcement and an introduction to Legend Compression if you have not yet heard of them. Here is their mission statement (which you can find on their website):

The mission of LEGEND® Compression Wear is to improve the performance of every athlete—from the casual jogger to the competitive triathlete. Our sports compression socks, sleeves & apparel are designed with you in mind so you can perform at your best.

Our mission is to promote the notion that LEGENDS are created from great people, great courage and great accomplishments.

This philosophy holds true with our employees and our customers that rely on our products. Our team is devoted to total customer satisfaction through superior service, quality, performance and style.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality sports compression socks, leg sleeves and clothing so you can perform better and recover faster. One way we accomplish this goal is through the power of graduated compression technology.

It doesn’t stop there…

At LEGEND® Compression Wear we care about the health of your legs. We are proud to offer you a full-line of LEGEND LEGWEAR™ with graduated compression. Our fashionable compression line of sheers & socks are not only stylish, but also promote better blood circulation in your legs.

At LEGEND® Compression Wear we are focused on both your maximum potential as an athlete and the long-term health of your legs. This commitment provides our guiding operating principles that you can expect from our Company and Products.   We mean it when we say- FOR YOUR LIFE & LEGS®.  Please give us a try!

Being a runner, I can appreciate a company that cares about the health of my legs. If you would like to check out their compression socks use this link, sharethelegend.refr.cc/haleyg , for $15 off your order. I would recommend the performance compression socks. They are great for long runs, speed work & stairs. Until I found these socks I didn’t have any compression socks that were comfortable to run in, and that is because their performance socks are made for just that, performance; the level of graduated compression is 15-20mmHg – compared to their recovery socks with a level of 20-30mmHg graduated compression. I know I’m not the only one who hates running in such tight socks! So check them out, I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Come Run Carlsbad!

The Carlsbad Half Marathon will be my first race of 2017! This race is a full and half marathon and is part of the Triple Crown Series. If live in SoCal you know the Triple Crown Series is a HUGE deal! I had no idea this was a thing until I ran America’s Finest City half last year and learned what this race series is all about – “The Half Marathon Triple CrownSM is a fun opportunity to recognize the dedicated half marathoners who enter these three top quality events. With the three races spaced evenly apart; winter, spring and summer, it allows participants the time to train and recover adequately from all three events.” I won’t be living in SoCal much longer, but hey, at least I get to run 2 of the 3 races in this series!

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Just about the entire half marathon and marathon course you will have ocean views, there are  water stations at every couple of miles and great places for family and friends to come and spectate.

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There aren’t any big goals I have with this race, as I have been pretty limited in my running. 2016 ended well, I finished the CIM pain free but a few weeks after that race I began to feel a pain in my hamstring. So I’ve been seeing the doctor and right now the plan is to run this race easy and just have a good time. Which won’t be hard to do with a run along the beach!

If you haven’t yet registered there is still time. Use code BIBRAVE10 to save $20 off either full or half marathon entry!! This is a HUGE discount and super generous of the race peeps at Carlsbad. The swag for this race is pretty great too:

  • Tech fabric 1/4 zip pull over
  • Complimentary Ballast Point beer in the Inaugural Beer Garden
  • Carlsbad Marathon bag
  • Medals (of course)

This year they are also doing something special – the Carlsbad Marathon Golden Ticket! This ticked will be found in select Nom Nom food bags, and redeemable for prizes like a massage from Rehab United (they are AWESEOME! If you win go to Rosie at the Carmel Mountain road location), a pair of Cobain flip flopsGRACEDBYGRIT apparel, race entries, goodie baskets and more!

Click here to register for the race –> 2017 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon and don’t forget to use BIBRAVE10 to save $20 on registration!