Run All The Races: Training Update
Oh my goodness, so much to tell you about all the training that has been going up “up in here”- cue DMX theme music.
First of all, let me just brag for a second to say that I reached 101 running miles for my July goal of 100. Just one mile over my goal- I am not that much of an over achiever. Honestly, it would have been more if I didn’t have to take almost an entire week off while I was on vacation soooo I have to pat myself on the back for that one.
I am hoping to tack on some more mileage to that total for August and maybe even reach the 120 mark but I won’t kill myself to get there. I am going to start adding some two-a-day runs for Ragnar training since the race is quickly approaching at the end of September. In addition to the Ragnar Relay, my schedule for September is pretty jam packed with other races.
Sept 6th- The Dunkin’ Run Arc Race 5k
Just the other day, I added The Dunkin’ Run Arc Race to my calendar and I am really excited about it! This is the 20th annual Arc Race where runners have the choice to participate in either a half marathon, 5k, 3k Fun Walk or KIDZ 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit the Arc of Onondaga which is one of the largest providers of services to people with developmental disabilities in the area. There is even going to be a Family Fun Zone with refreshments, games, face painting, pony rides & a petting zoo for the kiddos- how awesome does that sound?
I would have loved to participate in the half but given my jam packed race schedule I didn’t want to lose steam before I even got started. I will be running the 5k with my fellow blogger friend, Renee from Bendiful Blog (who I raced the Ride & Run with in June) so I am super pumped! Between meeting up with Renee and the presence of a petting zoo, this race is sure to be a good time!
September 21- Rivertown Strollerderby 5k
The first annual Rivertown Strollerderby 5k is being held to benefit Family-to-Family’s initiative She-Sole, a fitness/running program, which provides strollers, baby carriers and running sneakers to disadvantaged women in the NY area. This event was conceived by Lindsay Sanii, of She Mom Fitness, who contacted me several months ago asking me to participate! Even though Hastings-on-the-Hudson is located several hours away from me, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. I have never raced in a “strollerderby” or any other stroller race for that matter but as you all know, I will do anything for a good cause!
While I have been in half marathon training mode, stroller running is an entirely different animal and I have tried my best to prepare for it in the last several months. Unlike solo running, you need to have cooperation from your running passenger(s) and I will be pushing two. Since my kids have opposite nap schedules, it has been harder to get out with them than I anticipated but I am logging miles here and there when both the kids & weather cooperate!
In addition to She Mom Fitness & organizing this awesome Strollerderby, Lindsay contributes to both RunStrollerRun.com & TheRunnerDad.com– she is one busy Mama! Check out this article that she wrote about stroller training tips. If you are in the area and want to join me for this awesome race you can register here! This race will certainly be worth the challenge especially with a $1000 grand prize! Heck yeah!
September 26th & 27th- Ragnar Relay Adirondacks
The last race I have signed up for in September is the 200 mile Ragnar Relay in the Adirondacks. The course runs from Saratoga Springs all the way up to Lake Placid at the start of the changing of the foliage, so it’s sure to be super scenic! I am on a team name “Running on Empty” with 11 other people that I have never met in person before but I am still very excited to take part in this adventure with.
I have officially been assigned as Runner #5 which means that I will be running 3 legs over the course of two days for a total of 16.9 miles. While the total mileage doesn’t scare me, the idea of running several times in such a short period on very little sleep requires some training. To prepare, I have been trying to add in an extra run in the evenings at least once a week.
I have also found several other tips from various runners who have participated in a Ragnar Relay before that have been helpful such as training tips, what to pack for a Ragnar and fun ideas for decorating your van! I have yet to buy a variety of the items that I need (and are required) but as far as training goes I am feeling pretty confident.
As for my August race calendar, the only one I have currently scheduled (obviously this could change), is the Vino and the Beasts Obstacle 5k which I will be running with my sister! I have mentioned this several other times throughout my posts and its because I had such a blast the last time I ran it!
Basically, its a 5k through a vineyard with wine at the water stations and a bunch of fun obstacles to conquer along the way. This is going to be more of a fun race for me than anything and I won’t really be caring too much about my time. Honestly, I am more concerned about getting to the finish just to drink the wine 😀 I’ll make sure to post a recap- as long as I can remember what happened 😉
QOTD: Have you ever participated in a stroller race? What about a Ragnar? Any tips?