What do you do when it has been snowing all day long?
You go vacuum your car out.
And then swim at an indoor pool with Brookers. Once I finished work yesterday afternoon, Andrew had a ton of school stuff to do so Brooke and I went out to make sure he had plenty of peace and quiet to get all of his studying done. We had a great time pretending it was summer:)
And pretending to be dogs. Brooke’s dog impersonation gets better and better by the day.
She insisted on her Rudolph socks being on the outside of her leggings so that they could be seen. Style points.
This might be really strange to tell you but anytime I see slushy snow like below I think about the movie Lady & the Tramp. There is a scene in the end with this type of snow. I haven’t seen the movie for 20+ years but it clearly made a big impact on me because I still think about it when I see slushy snow.
It’s always fun when you have to go out a few times during the day to shovel the snow because it just won’t stop.
We had our favorite winter meal for dinner. Grilled cheese with turkey sandwiches and tomato soup. Plus one of the best pineapples I’ve ever had. Costco did it again.
Andrew went back to doing more school…
And so we painted.
A few Rolos for dessert and I wonder if we will take our Christmas decorations down before February.
Beretta is sure happy about all of the snow.
Brooke went down to bed, I worked for a bit and then Andrew was done with school. That’s a good feeling.
I’ll be the first to say that I am nowhere near in the running shape that I used to be in and that is the season of life I am in right now and that is a-okay. I am going to be adding in some good workouts very soon to work on my speed and build strength for an upcoming 1/2 marathon that I am excited about. A few days ago on my run I was thinking about what things made me a faster runner in previous years and what helped me to hit my fastest times. Different things work with different people but I thought I would share what has worked with me just in case anyone is looking to speed up in 2017!
Picture from the first time I broke a 1:30 1/2 marathon (I finished in 1:25 and 1st woman). I was pretty angry that day so I think that helped me too ha… I am a good angry runner.
Three things that came to my mind first that helped me get faster:
1. I started running with faster people. When I first moved back to Utah I was invited to run with a group of girls and I was terrified. I hadn’t really run with people before that other than my sister and I knew that this group of girls were fast. I was worried I would force them to slow down or be left in the dust. Through them I learned a lot of things including to go EASY on the easy days and fast on the fast days. And on those days that they were ahead of me, I just had to work extra hard to keep up with them. They motivated me to push it on the hard/workout days and then we all just took it nice and easy on the easy days. Running with them definitely got me out of my comfort zone and pushing myself to new levels. I think they helped me believe in myself a whole lot more too.
2. Having a running coach helped me a ton. Dave helped me a lot. It is amazing to have a perspective (other than yourself) on your training and have a personalized plan provided for you on exactly what you can do to improve. Working with somebody that is certified and has experience telling you what to do can help you to make huge jumps in your speed. My coach was amazing and helped me a lot with my mental and physical gains for running. I noticed my biggest increase in speed due to this factor of having a coach. Why do I not work with a coach right now? I’m not looking for PRs at the moment, I do want to gain speed but the second I am really hungry for that sub 3 again (I’m guessing another baby will come first but who knows..) I will be using a coach again because I think they are so beneficial to hitting our big goals.
3. Now my form is nowhere NEAR perfect and I don’t think our form has to be perfect but by making some tweaks in our form, it can improve our speed. Not only can having better running form help you to be a more efficient/faster runner but it will help you to be injured less which means you can keep training and improving rather than being sidelined due to injuries caused by bad running form. When I have a slight lean forward from my ankles up my pace increases. When my stride is powerful, I’m light on my feet and I am not over-striding my race times are better. My coach was definitely the person that helped me out with my form. It’s hard and strange at first to change things (take baby steps with this one) up but the benefits are worth it.
Still my favorite quick resource for running form:
Bonus: Do the things that make you uncomfortable. I get really afraid to do that. I want to just stay comfortably in my most comfortable place:) I want my heart rate to feel comfortable and to run the routes I know I can do because I’ve done them before. BUT that type of thinking will most definitely maintain my fitness but it does not help me to gain running fitness. Try making uncomfortable your new comfortable. (PS if it sounds like I am talking to myself about doing this, I am;) My biggest gains mentally and physically as a runner came from the uncomfortable training and it proved to me my strength!
What are some things that you have done in the past that have helped you increase your speed?
Is it snowing where you are at? A lot? A little?
Ever worked with a running coach? How did it work for you?
People that run with others… how did you meet your running buddies?