Brooke has become Megan’s assistant coach at bootcamp. She tells us when to stop, when to go and she does a fantastic job dancing to the music.
We took our workout outside last night and did some crazy things—> for example a sprint followed directly with a burpee repeated a total of 30 times.
Last night was the last class of this round of bootcamp classes which means I actually stuck with it for an entire round. A miracle. I’m already looking forward to the next round to start again in two weeks.
After bootcamp we strapped on our rollerblades (and Brooke in her stroller) and took a little stroll around the neighborhood.
Completely normal activity for 4 (5 if you include Brooke but she won’t be on the market for a few decades) single girls to do on a Wednesday night.
While we were out I saw someone on an ElliptiGO. It looked like so much fun and if I wasn’t wearing rollerblades I probably would have asked them if I could have tried it out!
We are keeping the streak going and Otter Pops were the choice for popsicles last night.
We got home and I inhaled this. I’m convinced that simple meals are my favorite meals. Toast + eggs + cheese + avocado.
My coach sent me this article the other day and I definitely needed to read it—> How To Run the Tangents In A Race (And Why You Should)!
When I first started racing I was always very confused why my watch read 13.4 (or something like that) at the end of the 1/2 marathon. I would tell myself that the course was long and then try to figure out what my time would have been IF the course was accurate.
Yeah, that’s not the case. I think 99.9% (remember to never trust a percentage that you see on this blog) of races are pretty darn accurate.
The reasons that our watches tell us that we ran farther than the race distance:
1. GPS isn’t always perfect and satellite coverage, tunnels, random factors make it so that they aren’t dead on.
2. We don’t run the tangents (a tangent is the line that touches the inside of a curve) properly and that adds on distance to our race! AKA when you are turning a corner or running a curve you want to run it in a way that is the shortest distance possible.
“Running the outside of a turn, as opposed to the inside, can turn out to be up to 40 feet farther. That can add up to nearly a half-mile of extra running over a marathon-but it also depends on the course.” (source)
From above—> THE SHORTEST ROUTE FROM ONE CORNER TO THE NEXT WOULD BE A DIAGONAL STRAIGHT LINE!
What you can do to help you be prepared to run the shortest route:
Learn about the race course before the race! Note where the turns and curves are along the way and make a game plan on how you will run them in order to avoid adding distance to your race. Look ahead as you are actually running the race (i.e. don’t stare at your feet) and figure out how to take the upcoming turns the shortest way possible! If you are running a very crowded race then it probably isn’t possible to run the tangents perfectly. Just go into huge races knowing that you will have to run slightly faster than what your goal pace is in order to hit your goal time because you will probably end up running a bit farther than the 3.1/6.2/13.1/26.2 miles.
What is your favorite simple dinner to make at home?
Have you ever tried an ElliptiGO?
Ever been a rollerblader?
In the last 12 months—> what race has been your favorite?