Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Spring Training and Racing Schedule

So I know I've been somewhat of a stranger lately. You know that whole grad school, full time job, full time kid..err..boyfriend. Those things take up A LOT of time. Who knew?!
I'm definitely getting the itch to start training again. Too bad the weather here is pretty much going to be below freezing until who knows when, and I FREAKIN hate the treadmill! I did throw on my bad-ass-ness yesterday though and plunge into the freezing weather for a nice little run.
I was worried that my speed may have declined a little, since I'm not officially training right now. But I was pretty surprised with my splits!
  • Mile 1: 8:02
  • Mile 2: 8:06
  • Mile 3: 7:54
  • Mile 4: 7:50
  • Mile 5: 7:52
  • Mile 6: 8:16
Total Miles: 6 in 48:05
Not too bad em, not too bad.

I will say that the one thing that I like about running is cold weather is the gear. Here are some of my favorite things to where when the temperature drops.

Nike Element Jacket. I got mine last year at TJ Maxx for a steal! And it is always my go to jacket when I run in colder weather.
Mizuno Women's Wildwood Running Tights
Mizuno Running Tights. These things are the best! They feel like you are hardly wearing anything at all because they move so well, yet they keep me warm and toasting in the CO weather. PLUS they are my favorite color (purple) and the boy says I look like a pro when I wear them!

Fleece earwarmers. They have a variety of colors at Wal-mart for $3, not kidding.

I also really like this app from Runner's World. You just give a little info, like the temperature, wind, etc. and they will suggest what to wear for your run. I also read once that you should always dress for 20 degrees warmer when you are running, because that is how much your body temperature goes up. I generally find this to be a good rule of thumb.

As far as training and more races, I have a few cooked up for the spring. So far for sure I'm doing the Colorado Marathon and attempting to get a BQ from this one. Its in May, so come January I'll be training my ass off for that time!

I have a few other races on the agenda, such as a Turkey Trot (of course), a few halfs, and maybe a relay. so stay tuned!

P.S. If any of your girls reading this are from Colorado, or think you may want to join a team for the Wild West Relay, go to the website:, check it out, and leave me a comment or send me an email telling me you are interested. I really think it would be awesome to get some bloggers together to do this! Plus you need 12 people on a team, and I just don't know that many people around here that are THAT into running.


  1. I am starting to plan my spring races too! I love cold weather running clothes, they are so comfy. It doesn't get cold enough for fleece ear warmers out here, but I do love the way they look!

  2. I've though about doing the Wild West Relay for so many years! I'll have to look at it and see when it is this year--I know it's around the same time as my HIM, so that would be my deciding factor...I'll let you know!

    PS I just bought a bunch of cold weather running clothes at TJ Maxx yesterday--- such great deals!!

  3. It's in August, right? I'd be down to travel up there and do it with ya!

  4. Holy smokes you are quick girl! I like to hit up TJMaxx for my gear too, way quicker than stores like Scheels and such.

  5. I've run wild west before and would totally be down to do it again! I know a few other people who might be interested as well!

  6. Not bad at ALL!! :)

    I love winter gear. I was looking at Nike Winter gear this morning and I WANT IT ALL!! Maybe I'll go to TJ Max this weekend and find a good deal too ;)

  7. Oops, I forgot to tell you why else we are now like twins. I'm doing the Colorado Marathon too! Well, the half actually cause I'm not quite cool enough to do the full like maybe we're like 1/4 twins!

  8. I haven't bought any tights yet, but I know that will be my next purchase!

  9. Good for you for keeping up on your running during the winter. I usually stick the the treadmill, I am just a complete wuss when it comes to the cold. I love running tights, I bought some Under Armour ones last year, they rock!

  10. WIsh I lived in Colorado so that I could join in on that race with you!

  11. I hear you on the treadmill thing. HATE it! I love cold weather running, though. Do the mizuno tights stay up? I have such a hard time finding tights that actually fit right @ 5'3".

    I wish I lived in CO. I've always wanted to do a relay!

  12. Sorry I'm a little late to the party, but HECK YEA, I would love to run a relay!! Count me in, hopefully there's enough crazies to do something like this!!